ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia PT-WGE Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 13 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia
Operator:Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registration: PT-WGE
MSN: 120004
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:26756
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO) (   Brazil)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Humaitá Airport, AM (HUW/SWHT), Brazil
Destination airport:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazil
The Embraer Brasilia landed at Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Brazil and taxied to the platform. The flight crew feathered the propellers and applied the brakes as they wanted to stop the aircraft. There was no deceleration after both captain and co-pilot used the brakes. The co-pilot suggested to use reverse thrust, but the propellers were already feathered.
In an attempt to avoid impact against a building ahead, the pilot turned the aircraft to the left. The emergency brake was applied; however, by that time the aircraft collided with another brick building. On impact, the left propeller and engine were damage, and the right landing gear fell into a drainage ditch, approximately one meter deep.
All occupants were unhurt.

Probable Cause:

1 Human Factor
Operational Aspect
a. Training - Contributed
The crew did not have sufficient training to enable the desired assertiveness for the correct use of aircraft resources, which would probably have prevented the accident, since, instead of applying the emergency brake, they applied reverse with the feathered props, contrary to the procedure provided for in the Aircraft Manual.
b. Maintenance - Contributed
The maintenance services were not efficient, as they did not comply with the Aircraft Maintenance Manual in relation to the dimensional adjustment of the Hub Cap Drive Clips' drive clips, and the Service Bulletin incorporated stickers to the outer doors of the main landing gear, as a reminder to the mechanic to check the clearances.
c. Application of the Commands - Contributed
The co-pilot failed to apply the reverse pitch on the propellers as they were feathered, and at that moment the emergency brake should be commanded to brake the aircraft.
d. Supervision - Contributed
The company failed to adequately check the execution of the actions provided for in the Aircraft Maintenance Manual regarding the "Anti-Skid" system and to verify the application of all service bulletins issued by the manufacturer.

2 Material Factor
Did not contribute.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CENIPA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 years and 6 months
Accident number: RF A-004/CENIPA/2009
Download report: Final report

Failure to follow AD and SB's
Damaged on the ground

Follow-up / safety actions

CENIPA issued 3 Safety Recommendations
DAC issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Embraer-120RT-Brasilia-PT-SIH
accident date: 13-08-2002
type: Embraer 120RT Brasilia
registration: PT-SIH

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 Humaitá Airport, AM to Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM as the crow flies is 599 km (374 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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