Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 29 April 1952
Time:04:40
Type:Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N1039V
C/n / msn: 15939
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:6944
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-B6
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:450 km (281.3 mls) SW of Carolina, MA (   Brazil) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Destination airport:Port of Spain-Piarco Airport (POS/TTPP), Trinidad and Tobago
Flightnumber: 202
Narrative:
Flight 202 originated at Buenos Aires, destination New York, with en route stops scheduled at Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Port of Spain, Trinidad. The flight departed Buenos Aires 18:52 UTC. After a scheduled stop at Montevideo the flight arrived at Rio de Janeiro at 01:05, April 29. The flight departed Rio de Janeiro at 02:43 for a direct off-airways flight to Port of Spain. At 06:16 the flight reported abeam of Barreiras, flying at 14,500 feet under VFR conditions and estimating abeam of Carolina, Brazil, at 07:45 UTC. This was the last known message from the flight. The aircraft was later found to have crashed in dense jungle.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The separation of the no.2 engine and propeller from the aircraft due to highly unbalanced forces, followed by uncontrollability and disintegration of the aircraft for reasons undetermined."

Classification:
Engine separation
Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0080
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (64-72)


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, RJ to Port of Spain-Piarco Airport as the crow flies is 4190 km (2619 miles).

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