ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-4 PP-LEM Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU)
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Date:Saturday 1 February 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4
Operator:Loide Aéreo Nacional
Registration: PP-LEM
MSN: 18336
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 67
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU) (   Brazil)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Fortaleza-Pinto Martins Airport, CE (FOR/SBFZ), Brazil
During a night takeoff from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, the no. 4 engine failed. The crew abandoned the takeoff, reduced power and applied the brakes. At 100 m before the runway end a tyre from the landing gear burst, causing the DC-4 to run off the side of the runway bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Failure of No.4 engine. 2) Malfunctioning of the starboard brakes."

Runway excursion

» The Montreal Gazette - Feb 3, 1958


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ to Fortaleza-Pinto Martins Airport, CE as the crow flies is 2178 km (1361 miles).

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