ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia PT-WRO Manaus, AM
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Friday 14 May 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Operator:Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registration: PT-WRO
MSN: 120070
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:35988
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:33 km (20.6 mls) from Manaus, AM (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tefé Airport, AM (TFF/SBTF), Brazil
Destination airport:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazil
The Embraer 120 airplane was on a domestic flight from São Paulo de Olivença to Manaus via Tefé. While 20 nm out of Manaus, air traffic control instructed the pilot to leave the landing pattern to the left in order to give priority to a medical aircraft. The airplane proceeded under radar vectoring and confirmed it had reached 2,000 feet at 18:34. This was the last contact with the flight. The wreckage of the airplane was located at 18:50 about 18 nm from the airport, in a heavily forested area. There were no survivors.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CENIPA Brazil
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: RF059/CENIPA/2005
Download report: Final report

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Distance from Tefé Airport, AM to Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM as the crow flies is 518 km (324 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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