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Last updated: 28 February 2017
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Date:Thursday 27 February 1975
Time:06:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110C Bandeirante
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SBE
C/n / msn: 110021
First flight: 1974
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) NW of São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH) (   Brazil)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
Destination airport:Bauru Airport, SP (BAU/SBBU), Brazil
Flightnumber: 640
Narrative:
VASP flight 640 took off from runway 34 at São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, Brazil. Shortly after takeoff the no. 2 hand engine lost power. The pilot began a left hand turn in order to return to Congonhas. The aircraft lost altitude and impacted a residential area.
The airplane operated on a domestic flight to Bauru and Araçatuba Airport, SP (ARU).

Sources:
» Flight International 06.03.1975 (350)
» Chicago Tribune (Feb 28, 1975)
» O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX / Carlos Ari César Germano da Silva


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Distance from São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP to Bauru Airport, SP as the crow flies is 283 km (177 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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