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Accident description
Last updated: 29 March 2015
Date:Thursday 1 December 1955
Time:10:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-28-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Cruzeiro do Sul
Registration: PP-CCC
C/n / msn: 32593/15845
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Belém, PA (   Brazil)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport , PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
Destination airport:Barreiras Airport, BA (BRA/SNBR), Brazil
The Cruzeiro DC-3 took off from Belém at 09:57 GMT. At a height of 100-250m the no. 1 engine stalled and lost power. The crew switched off the hydraulic pump, causing the undercarriage to stop retracting half way. The resulting drag caused the aircraft to lose altitude. With the no. 1 prop windmilling and the no. 2 engine at full power, the left wing struck a tree. A wing section of 2,5m broke off causing the aircraft to enter a stall. The DC-3 hit the ground 200m further on an caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the front bearing of the propeller shaft originated a process which led to disconnection of the reduction gear and left propeller and causing sudden stoppage of the left engine."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (213-214)


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