ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-049 Constellation PP-PDE Paraná da Eva, AM
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 14 December 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Panair do Brasil
Registration: PP-PDE
MSN: 2047
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Paraná da Eva, AM (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
Destination airport:Manaus/Ponta Pelada Airport, AM (PLL/SBMN), Brazil
The Panair Constellation departed Belem at 02:31 GMT for a 3-hour flight to Manaus. The plane followed the Amber 1 airway and contacted Manaus at 05:04, reporting six minutes out. At 05:19 the flight crew asked Manaus whether the plane's engines could be heard. Manaus replied negative and asked the reason for the question. Nothing more was heard from the flight, which appeared to have crashed 45 km from Manaus. The Constellation was named "Estevao Ribeiro Baiao Parente".

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident was not determined."

Cause undetermined
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (145-146)


photo of Lockheed-L-049-Constellation-PP-PDE
accident date: 14-12-1962
type: Lockheed L-049 Constellation
registration: PP-PDE

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA to Manaus/Ponta Pelada Airport, AM as the crow flies is 1288 km (805 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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