Unfallbericht:The DC-7, operating on a flight from Lisbon to Recife via Ilha do Sal, approached Recife at night in good visibility. The crew apparently performed a direct entry into the base leg, flying too low and out of the regular traffic pattern, in spite of the fact that the pilot had reported on wind leg. The plane struck a 84m high hill and broke up, 2720m short of the runway 15 threshold and right of the extended centreline.
|Datum:||Mittwoch 1 November 1961|
|Zeit:||ca 05:15 UTC|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Panair do Brasil|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 9|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 38 / Insassen: 79|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 45 / Insassen: 88 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||2,7 km (1.7 Meilen) NW of Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC) (Brasilien)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Flug von:||Sal-Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID/GVAC), Kap Verdische Inseln|
|Flug nach:||Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brasilien|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by pilot error, i.e. improper evaluation of distance, flying a non-standard traffic pattern by night and failing to observe altitude minima during the final approach.
A contributing cause was the improper night marking of obstructions along the approach path towards runway 15."
» ICAO Circular 69-AN/61
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Distance from Sal-Amilcar Cabral International Airport to Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE as the crow flies is 3045 km (1903 miles).
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.