Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 27 February 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-85-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB
Registration: FAB2040
C/n / msn: 20048
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Breves, PA (   Brazil) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport (CAY/SOCA), French Guiana
Narrative:
Crashed.

Sources:
» Folha da Manhã 2-3-1948


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ to Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport as the crow flies is 3230 km (2019 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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