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Accident description
Last updated: 2 December 2015
Date:Friday 27 August 1943
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3mg3e
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SPD
C/n / msn: 5459
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1 km N of Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU) (   Brazil)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
The Ju-52 struck a Naval Academy building shortly after takeoff from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU). The airplane broke in two and one part fell into the waters of Guanabara Bay.
There was fog in the area at the time of the accident.

» Folha da Manhã, 28 Aug 1943


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

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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