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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 31 October 1945
Time:ca 15:50
Type:Latécoère 631
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BANT
MSN: 2
First flight: 1945-03-19 (8 months)
Engines: 6 Wright R-2600-A5B Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Laguna de Rocha (   Uruguay)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The propeller of the no. 3 (left hand inboard) engine separated. Debris struck the no. 2 engine and a propeller blade sliced through the fuselage of this flying boat, cutting a hole of almost 3 m. Two passengers were killed and a small fire erupted. The pilot carried out an emergency landing in a lagoon. The Laté 631 operated on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

Prop/turbine blade separation
Forced landing outside airport

» Folha da Manhã 7 November 1945, p2
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