ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3) 2048 Maraú, BA
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Date:Friday 11 July 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB
Registration: 2048
MSN: 9777
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Maraú, BA (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Salvador-Dois de Julho International Airport, BA (SSA/SBSV), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
En route from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the C-47 plane suffered a no. 1 engine fire. The fire could not be controlled and eventually the entire left nacelle, engine and landing gear fell off into the water. A forced landing was made about 200 m off shore.
One of the crew members died after rescuing several passengers.

Engine fire
Engine separation
Forced landing outside airport

» Carlos Cleto (E-mail, 6-12-2013)
» Folha da Manha 12 July 1952, p5
» Folha da Manha 13 July 1952, p1
» Folha da Manha 15 July 1952, p1


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Salvador-Dois de Julho International Airport, BA to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 1212 km (757 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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