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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Tuesday 21 March 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-349C
Registration: PT-TCS
C/n / msn: 19354/503
First flight: 1966-06-09 (22 years 10 months)
Total airframe hrs:61000
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 22
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) W of São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP (GRU) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazil
Destination airport:São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP (GRU/SBGR), Brazil
The 707 was making a high speed approach to runway 09R when the left wing struck a building. The aircraft crashed into a residential area near the intersection of Rua Rua Regente Feijó and Rua Sandovalina in the Jardim Ipanema neighborhood and burst into flames. Three crew members and 22 persons on the ground were killed.
This 707 was used in the 1970 movie "Airport" when it was still owned by Flying Tigers.

» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/89 (#9)


photo of Boeing 707-349C S2-ACG
Aer Lingus' EI-ASO was repeatedly leased to several airlines, a.o. Biman. It returned to Ireland after a 6-month lease. Aer Lingus finally sold the plane to Omega Air in October 1986 which leased the plane to Transbrasil in January 1987.
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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 Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM to São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP as the crow flies is 2685 km (1678 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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