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Date:Sunday 22 December 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-50-CU Commando
Operator:Paraguayan Air Services
Registration: ZP-CBM
MSN: 30554
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Aracruz, ES (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
The airplane operated on a trial flight from Asuncion, Paraguay to Miami, USA. En route stops were planned at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Belém. The flight took off at 17:52 and crashed off the coast of Aracruz.
The airplane was reportedly sabotaged with hydrochloric acid added to the airplane's fuel. Rumours say that the flight carried 70 million U.S. dollars in cash and 140 kg of platinum.


» Fernando Rocha (E-mail 3-3-2011)
» Folha da Manhã 28 December 1957, p2
» Jornal do Brasil 7 January 1958, p12


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ to Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 2453 km (1533 miles).

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