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Last updated: 20 April 2021
Date:Tuesday 12 December 1961
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A-55-CK Commando
Registration: PP-VBM
C/n / msn: 134
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:50 m off Praia de Itaipu, Niterói, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
The C-46 was on a training flight when a failure of the no. 1 engine was simulated. The no. 1 prop was feathered, but instead of feathering, the prop went into reverse. Power on the no. 2 engine was reduced, but the aircraft couldn't reach the coast and had to be ditched in the sea 50 m offshore, off Itaipu Beach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Engine and propeller accessory failure."


» A Noite 13 December 1961, p8


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