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Accident description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
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Date:Monday 1 July 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Varig
Registration: PP-VBV
C/n / msn: 26889/15444
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Passo Fundo Airport, RS (PFB) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Porto Alegre Airport, RS (POA/SBPA), Brazil
Destination airport:Passo Fundo Airport, RS (PFB/SBPF), Brazil
Narrative:
The DC-3 collided with trees on high ground and crashed. Weather was bad with thick fog and 8/8 overcast ceiling.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error of judgement on the part of the pilot in attempting to fly visually in unfavourable weather conditions during twilight."



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Distance from Porto Alegre Airport, RS to Passo Fundo Airport, RS as the crow flies is 224 km (140 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.
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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 3589th loss
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