Accident
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 11 enero 1959
Hora:ca 11:20
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation
Operador:Lufthansa
Registración: D-ALAK
Numéro de série: 4602
Año de Construcción: 1955
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 7 / Ocupantes: 10
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 29 / Ocupantes: 29
Total:Fatalidades: 36 / Ocupantes: 39
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG) (   Brasil) show on map
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 9 m (30 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Dakar-Yoff Airport (DKR/GOOY), Senegal
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brasil
Número de Vuelo: 502
Descripción:
The Super Constellation operated on flight LH502 from Hamburg, Germany to Buenos Aires, Argentina with en route stops at Frankfurt, Paris, Lisbon, Dakar, Senegal and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The crew were cleared to descend from 4200m to 3000m when 20min out from Rio de Janeiro. They were to maintain 3000m to the KX NDB in preparation for an approach and landing at runway 14. Over KX they were cleared to descend to 900m. Galeao Approach was contacted and normal position reports were made. The plane descended over Guanabara Bay under rainy conditions and struck the water with the nosewheel. The crew then presumably tried to continue the approach, but the Constellation crashed near Flecheiras Beach, short of the Galeao runway. Crew duty and flight time exceeded the Brazilian limits, but did not exceed the German limitations.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "In spite of an exhaustive investigation it was not possible to determine the actual cause. However, the probable cause was considered to be pilot error in descending below the minimum altitude on final approach. Aircrew fatigue was considered to be a contributing factor."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (59)


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Distance from Dakar-Yoff Airport to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 5001 km (3126 miles).

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