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Last updated: 28 November 2020
Date:Monday 29 May 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-149 Constellation
Operator:Amazonese Importação e Exportação
Registration: PP-PDG
C/n / msn: 2037
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cruzeiro do Sul, AC (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cruzeiro do Sul-Campo Internacional Airport, AC (CZS/SBCZ), Brazil
Destination airport:?
Because of a lack of fuel at Cruzeiro do Sul, the Constellation had been on the ground for 4 days. Several hours after the arrival of to fuel trucks from Porto Velho the Connie was refueled directly from the trucks. The aircraft took off and climbed to FL80. Suddenly the no. 3 engine failed, followed 10 minutes later by another engine. Cargo was jettisoned, but the aircraft continued to lose altitude. A forced landing was attempted on the Cruzeiro-do-Sul - Tarauacá highway, but the aircraft struck some trees and crashed in flames.
Another aircraft had been refueled just after PP-PDG and had to reject the takeoff because of an engine failure.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Refueling directly from the trucks, without allowing sufficient time for the fuel to settle.

Forced landing outside airport


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