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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Friday 8 September 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:Transportes Aéreos Bandeirantes
Registration: PP-LDB
C/n / msn: 30204
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Guanabara Bay, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES (VIX/SBVT), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Narrative:
Hydraulic system problems forced the crew to extend the landing gear manually while approaching Santos Dumont Airport. The Curtiss was on finals when both engines began to loose power. The pilot then decided to divert to nearby Galeao Airport. Altitude was lost until the aircraft had to be ditched in Guanabara Bay.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Hydraulic system failure and power loss."

Classification:
Ditching

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Distance from Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 417 km (261 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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