Accident description
Last updated: 22 July 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 6 March 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D-DO (DC-3)
Operator:REAL Transportes Aéreos
Registration: PP-YPZ
C/n / msn: 11699
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Vitoria Da Conquista Airport, BA (VDC) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Vitória da Conquista Airport, BA (VDC/SBQV), Brazil
Narrative:
On approach to Vitória da Conquista Airport the landing gear was lowered. The undercarriage didn't lock, so the pilot-in-command made an overshoot. During the turn to the left to join the circuit, the DC-3 struck a pole, crashed and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Imprudence on the part of the pilot who did not maintain correct attitude whilst the inspection was being made to ascertain the position of the landing gear. 2) Error of judgement on the part of the pilot in opening the throttles for a go-around with the gear extended. 3) Failure of the landing gear locking mechanism."

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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.
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