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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 6 June 1951
Time:ca. 17:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Operator:Linha Aérea Transcontinental Brasileira
Registration: PP-NAL
C/n / msn: 42979
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gramacho, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES (VIX/SBVT), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Narrative:
Struck high ground at a height of 180 feet in poor visibility. The crew were flying VFR in IFR conditions.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Disregard of flight regulations- during an instrument flight the pilot attempted a descent over an area where the minimum safe height was 1200 feet."

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Folha da Manhã, 7-6-1951


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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).
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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