- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: September 03, 1989
Time: 20:45
Location: Near Sao Jose do Xingu, Brazil
Operator: Varig
Flight #: 254
Route: Maraba - Belem
AC Type: Boeing B-737-241
Registration: PP-VMK
cn / ln: 21006/398
Aboard: 54   (passengers:48  crew:6)
Fatalities: 13   (passengers:13  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft ran out of fuel due to a navigation error and crashed into the jungle. The flight plan had showed the heading in tenths of a degree as 0270; the crew, entering whole degrees into the flight computer and entered 270 instead of 027. The flight from Maraba to Belem was supposed to last 45 minutes. When they could not find Belem after 45 minutes, they assumed they were still not far away and that there was some sort of instrument failure.The course was finally corrected but the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the jungle.
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