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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 15 March 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53 (DC-3)
Operator:Aeronorte - Empr. de Transpoeres Aéreos Norte do Brasil
Registration: PP-YQS
MSN: 4914
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ponta Grossa-Sant'Ana Airport, PR (PGZ) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:São Paulo (unknown airport), SP, Brazil
Destination airport:Ponta Grossa-Sant'Ana Airport, PR (PGZ/SSZW), Brazil
The DC-3 had taken off from São Paulo and had to divert to Ponta Grossa because of bad weather at the intended destination. The aircraft crashed into a hill while approaching runway 07.
The pilot, co-pilot, radio-operator and a female passenger (wife of the co-pilot) were killed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Insufficient flight preparations. The pilot could have diverted to Florianopolis or back to São Paulo which were both in VFR conditions."

» O Estado de S.Paulo 16 March 1961, p8


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