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Last updated: 22 June 2017
Date:Saturday 7 February 2009
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Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Operator:Manaus Aerotáxi
Registration: PT-SEA
C/n / msn: 110352
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:12686
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Santo António, AM [Rio Manacapuru] (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Coari Airport, AM (CIZ/SWKO), Brazil
Destination airport:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brazil
An Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante passenger plane, registered PT-SEA and operated by Manaus Aerotáxi, was destroyed when it crashed into the water of Rio Manacapuru. Both pilots and 22 passengers were killed in the accident. Four passengers survived.
The airplane had departed the Amazon city of Coari (CIZ) at 12:40 on a domestic flight to Manaus (MAO). About 13:10, while at FL115, the no. 1 engine flamed out. At 13:15 the crew made a contact with the Area Control Centre (ACC-AZ) reporting on descent for Manaus with twenty persons on board. In reality there were 28 occupants.
The ACC controller instructed the crew to contact Manaus Approach Control. Subsequently, the pilot informed Manaus Approach that they would return to Coari. Contact was lost and at 13:24 radar contact was lost. The airplane came down in Rio Manacapuru.

The airplane involved, an EMB-110P1, has a (certificated) maximum number of passenger seats of nineteen. On the accident flight 26 passengers had boarded the flight, including eight small children. Maximum takeoff weight for an EMB-110P1 is 5670 kg. The actual takeoff weight of the accident aircraft was 6414 kg.

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos (CENIPA) - Brazil
status: Final
number: A-018/CENIPA/2010
released:6 April 2010
duration of investigation: 1 year and 2 months
download report: Relatório Final A-018/CENIPA/2010 PT-SEA (A-018/CENIPA/2010)

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Distance from Coari Airport, AM to Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM as the crow flies is 362 km (226 miles).

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