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Date:Tuesday 22 December 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 827 Viscount
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SRG
MSN: 401
First flight: 1959-01-20 (11 months)
Total airframe hrs:1040
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 525
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 10
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) S of Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brasília International Airport, DF (BSB/SBBR), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Flightnumber: 233
A Vickers 827 Viscount passenger plane was destroyed in an accident following a mid-air collision with a military training aircraft. All 26 passengers and six crew members aboard the Viscount were killed in the accident. Ten people on the ground were killed when the Viscount crashed in a residential area. The pilot of the Fokker S.11 trainer parachuted to safety.
The accident happened when the Força Aérea Brasileira Fokker T-21 (S.11), FAB0742, was manoeuvring in the approach path of Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport. The Viscount came down in Rua Peçanha Póvoas, some 4 km south of the airport. The Fokker crashed near the Rua Joaquim de Queiroz.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of both pilots to maintain adequate lookout for other aircraft."

Mid air collision
Loss of control

» Jornal do Brasil - 23 December 1959


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Distance from Brasília International Airport, DF to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 911 km (569 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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