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Last updated: 18 October 2019
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Date:Tuesday 6 January 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando
Operator:Paraense Transportes Aéreos
Registration: PP-LDH
C/n / msn: 30350
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Narrative:
The C-46, on a flight to Rio de Janeiro had to divert to Rio de Janeiro-Galećo Airport due to temporary closure of the Santos Dumont Airport. All passengers disembarked there. When the airport was open for traffic again, the crew took off to reposition the plane to Dumont Airport. The aircraft landed on runway 02 but overran into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error on the part of the pilot in estimating distance."

Classification:
Runway excursion

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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Galećo International Airport, RJ to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 14 km (9 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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