ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-R PP-PDU Gamela, PE
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Date:Friday 6 September 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-R
Operator:Panair do Brasil
Registration: PP-PDU
MSN: 118
First flight: 1962-06-15 (1 year 3 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Avon 533R
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gamela, PE (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Salvador-Dois de Julho International Airport, BA (SSA/SBSV), Brazil
Destination airport:Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brazil
The Caravelle was operating on a flight from Salvador to Recife and was cruising at 8700 m in VMC.
The flight contacted Recife Control over Maceio and received clearance to descend to 6150 m. Recife Approached later cleared the aircraft for 900 m and informed the crew about another aircraft descending from 900 to 600 m on the same direction in IMC. When descending through 1800 m the crew were surprised by the lights of another aircraft. To avoid possible collision the Caravelle was brusquely manouevred upwards. Landing at Recife-Guarapes at 22:09 was normal. After returning to Rio de Janeiro-Galeao, the aircraft was thoroughly inspected by Panair maintenance. It appeared the plane had suffered serious damage to the structure, rendering the aircraft damaged beyond repair.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Rapid evasive manoeuvre judged necessary to avoid collision overloaded the aircraft's structure."


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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 Salvador-Dois de Julho International Airport, BA to Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE as the crow flies is 647 km (404 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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