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Accident description
Last updated: 31 March 2015
Date:Thursday 4 March 1954
Type:Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:Linhas Aéreas Paulistas - LAP
Registration: PP-LPH
C/n / msn: 33283
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Guanabara Bay, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:?
An attempt to land on one engine was made. Following a hard landing on one wheel, full power was applied by the instructor because of another aircraft had entered the runway. The engine failed on climbout and the C-46 struck the mast of a ship, causing it to crash into the sea.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error of judgement on the part of the pilot."



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