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Date:Friday 3 May 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340-59
Operator:Cruzeiro do Sul
Registration: PP-CDW
MSN: 159
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 1 km E of São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
The Convair had to return when the no. 2 engine caught fire. The captain feathered the prop and made a left turn. When on finals for runway 16, the Convair nosed up (45°), stalled and struck a house on the Avenida Piassang.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Probable pilot error: improper procedures on unfeathering of the no. 2 prop.

Loss of control

» Jornal do Brasil - May 4, 1963
» Folha de São Paulo May 5, 1963


photo of Convair-CV-340-59-PP-CDW
accident date: 03-05-1963
type: Convair CV-340-59
registration: PP-CDW

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 São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 364 km (228 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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