ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-049 Constellation PP-PCG Porto Alegre-Gravatai Air Base, RS
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Date:Friday 28 July 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Panair do Brasil
Registration: PP-PCG
MSN: 2062
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) NNE of Porto Alegre-Gravatai Air Base, RS (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Destination airport:Porto Alegre-Gravatai Air Base, RS (SBCO), Brazil
A Lockheed L-049 Constellation passenger plane, PP-PCG, was destroyed when it crashed near Porto Alegre, Brazil. All 44 passengers and seven crew members were killed.
The airplane operated on a domestic Panair flight between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. At the time of the accident the runway at Porto Alegre (SBPA) was not yet paved, therefore the Constellations used the Air Base runway, located some 6 km to the north. The Constellation struck Morro do Chapéu, a 200 m hill 15 km to the NNE of the runway. The aircraft had aborted an approach and was circling the runway to try again. Weather conditions were bad with a low ceiling and the aircraft was trying to maintain visual contact with the ground.

» Morro do Chapéu - accident description in Portuguese
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 51)


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ to Porto Alegre-Gravatai Air Base, RS as the crow flies is 1113 km (696 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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