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Last updated: 28 April 2017
Datum:Freitag 6 September 1963
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIR
Fluggesellschaft:Panair do Brasil
Kennzeichen: PP-PDU
Werknummer: 118
Baujahr: 1962
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Avon 533R
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Gamela, PE (   Brasilien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Salvador-Dois de Julho International Airport, BA (SSA/SBSV), Brasilien
Flug nach:Recife-Guararapes International Airport, PE (REC/SBRF), Brasilien
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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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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