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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Datum:zondag 7 april 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Varig
Registratie: PP-VCF
Constructienummer: 30283
Bouwjaar: 1944
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 35 / inzittenden: 35
Totaal:slachtoffers: 40 / inzittenden: 40
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Bagé Airport, RS (BGX) (   Brazilië)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Bagé-Comandante Gustavo Kraemer Airport, RS (BGX/SBBG), Brazilië
Vliegveld van aankomst:Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS (POA/SBPA), Brazilië
Beschrijving:
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."

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


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Bagé-Comandante Gustavo Kraemer Airport, RS en Porto Alegre-Salgado Filho International Airport, RS bedraagt 320 km (200 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Curtiss C-46

  • 3341 built
  • 779e ongeval
  • 137e dodelijk ongeval
  • 7e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 12e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Brazilië
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 14e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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