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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 21 February 1952
Time:ca 14:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-25-CU Commando
Operator:Varig
Registration: PP-VCB
C/n / msn: 26641
First flight: 1943
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: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
No.1 engine failure on climb out. The prop was not feathered, causing the aircraft to enter a stall. A forced landing in Guanabara Bay was carried out.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Port engine failure for reasons undetermined. 2) Error of judgement by the pilot in not feathering the port propeller."

Sources:
» Folha da Manha 21 February 1952


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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