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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 26 January 2003
Time:14:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M9
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SPJ
C/n / msn: 21236/461
First flight: 1976-05-26 (26 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 87
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 93
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rio Branco-Pres. Medici Airport, AC (RBR) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio Branco-Pres. Medici Airport, AC (RBR/SBRB), Brazil
Narrative:
The VASP Boeing 737 was approaching runway 06 when it entered a fog bank. The flight descended below MDA until hitting a tree. The plane then crash-landed, causing the undercarriage to collapse. The aircraft sustained severe structural damage.

Sources:
» Departamento de Aviação Civil (DAC)


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Distance from Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM to Rio Branco-Pres. Medici Airport, AC as the crow flies is 1147 km (717 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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