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Last updated: 26 April 2018
Fecha:miércoles 1 noviembre 1961
Hora:ca 05:15 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operador:Panair do Brasil
Registración: PP-PDO
Numéro de série: 44872/643
Año de Construcción: 1955
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 7 / Ocupantes: 9
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 38 / Ocupantes: 79
Total:Fatalidades: 45 / Ocupantes: 88
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:2,7 km (1.7 milles) NW of Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC) (   Brasil)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Sal-Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID/GVAC), Cabo Verde
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brasil
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 84 m high hill and broke up, 2720 m short of the runway 15 threshold and right of the extended centreline.

Probable Cause:

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).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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