ASN Aircraft accident Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando PP-LDL Guanabara Bay, RJ
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Date:Thursday 26 March 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-LDL
MSN: 33467
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Guanabara Bay, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
A fire started in the no. 2 engine and couldn't be extinguished. The prop was feathered as the crew tried to make it to Galeão Airport. Before reaching the airport, the right wing failed and the aircraft crashed into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined

» Folha de São Paulo 27 March 1964, p1+8
» Folha de São Paulo 29 March 1964, p40


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 14 km (9 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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