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Date:Friday 26 August 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Cruzeiro do Sul
Registration: PP-CBY
MSN: 11692
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Castelo, ES (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Campos dos Goitacazes-Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport, RJ (CAW/SBCP), Brazil
Destination airport:Caravelas Airport, BA (CRQ/SBCV), Brazil
The Cruzeiro flight departed Rio de Janeiro for an IFR flight to Campos, Caravelas, Ilhéus and Salvador, Brazil.
Last contact with the flight was when after departure from Campos at 1500 m. The DC-3 was later found to have struck a mountain in the Serra do Costelo between the cities of Castelo and Cachoeiro de Itapemirim.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the Forno Grande peak not being indicated on current charts, the flight being conducted outside the airway and failure to adhere to he approved flight plan."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (172)
» Folha da Manhã 27-8-1955
» Folha da Manhã 28-8-1955


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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 Campos dos Goitacazes-Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport, RJ to Caravelas Airport, BA as the crow flies is 497 km (310 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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