Narrative:A Douglas C-47A passenger plane was destroyed in an accident near Palmeira de Goiás, GO, Brazil. All 24 on board were killed.
The airplane operated on a domestic flight from Jataí (JTI) to Rio de Janeiro via Rio Verde (RVD), Goiânia (GYN), Uberlândia (UDI) and Belo Horizonte.
En route between Rio Verde and Goiânia, a fire broke out. Eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke on the rear side of the plane. It was then reported to have 'exploded' in mid-air.
The cause of the accident could not be established, partly because many parts of the wreckage were looted by local population.
The fire possibly originated in the luggage compartment of the plane. There may have been inflammable materials on board. It was also thougt that a bomb had been placed on board, but no proof could be found.
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 Rio Verde Airport, GO to Goiânia-Santa Genoveva Airport, GO as the crow flies is 227 km (142 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.