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Last updated: 24 October 2017
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Date:dimanche 7 avril 1957
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Compagnie:Varig
Immatriculation: PP-VCF
Numéro de série: 30283
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Equipage:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 35 / à bord: 35
Total:victimes: 40 / à bord: 40
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Bagé Airport, RS (BGX) (   Brésil)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Bagé-Comandante Gustavo Kraemer Airport, RS (BGX/SBBG), Brésil
Aéroport de destination:Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS (POA/SBPA), Brésil
Détails:
Soon after takeoff a fire developed in the left main gear wheel well. The pilot however, thought the fire had started in the engine, feathered the no. 1 engine and returned to the traffic pattern for a landing circuit. On finals he tried to lower the gear, but didn't succeed. To avoid a belly landing, the pilot applied full power and tried to go around for another approach to land. Over the runway 05 and 23 intersection the aircraft's left wing separated from the fuselage, causing the plane crash.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A fire in the undercarriage housing and consequent breaking-off of the left wing in flight.
A contributing cause was an error in judgement. The pilot failed to assess the intensity of the fire in the undercarriage housing, having thought that by applying the procedure prescribed in 'Regulations for C-46', the fire had been extinguished or had become inconsequential."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Bagé-Comandante Gustavo Kraemer Airport, RS et Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS est de 320 km (200 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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