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Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2015
Date:Tuesday 25 May 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A1
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SMY
C/n / msn: 20970/376
First flight: 1974-09-24 (7 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 112
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 118
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Brasilia International Airport, DF (BSB) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
Destination airport:Brasília International Airport, DF (BSB/SBBR), Brazil
Flightnumber: 234
The aircraft landed heavily, nosegear first, in conditions of rain. The nosegear collapsed and the aircraft skidded off the runway, and broke in two.
PROBABLE CAUSE: The pilot's misuse of rain repellent, causing an optical illusion.

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Distance from São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP to Brasília International Airport, DF as the crow flies is 870 km (544 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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