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Date:Wednesday 17 June 1953
Time:ca 22:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Panair do Brasil
Registration: PP-PDA
MSN: 2066
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) SW of São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Destination airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
The Lockheed Constellation crashed in a narrow valley while on final approach to São Paulo runway 34.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "It is presumed that the accident was due to an error of judgement by the crew during bad visibility at night."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» "Rastro da Bruxa", Carlos A. C. G da Silva, pg 126-131, ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2
» Folha da Manhã 18-6-1953


photo of Lockheed-L-049-Constellation-PP-PDA
accident date: 17-06-1953
type: Lockheed L-049 Constellation
registration: PP-PDA

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ to São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP as the crow flies is 359 km (224 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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