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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:dinsdag 13 augustus 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registratie: PT-WGE
Constructienummer: 120004
Bouwjaar: 1986
Aantal vlieguren:26756
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 22
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 25
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO) (   Brazilië)
Fase: Taxi (TXI)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Humaitá Airport, AM (SWHT), Brazilië
Vliegveld van aankomst:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazilië
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 decelleration 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


CENIPA issued 3 s
DAC issued 4 s

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photo of Embraer 120RT Brasilia PT-SIH
PT-SIH was briefly leased to Air Littoral; it returned to Brasil in October 1988. It was leased to Aero Sudpacifico as XA-SQN from June 1994 to June 1995 when it returned to Brasil as PT-WGE, flying for several airlines until being bought by Rico in 4/97
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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Humaitá Airport, AM en Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM bedraagt 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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