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Date:Sunday 16 August 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-40-CU Commando
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-NMF
MSN: 26971
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 200 km S of Belém, PA (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Carolina Airport, MA (CLN/SBCI), Brazil
Destination airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
Engine problems developed en route from Carolina to Belem, but the propeller of the affected engine couldn't be feathered.
The Curtiss lost height, forcing the crew to jettison the freight and ditch the plane on the Capim River. The C-46 sank within 15 minutes. A crewmember, not wearing a safety belt, didn't survive the impact.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Propeller and accessory failure."



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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 Carolina Airport, MA to Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 667 km (417 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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