ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3) PP-FOR Bias Fortes, MG
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 22 October 1974
Time:16:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Projeto Rondon
Registration: PP-FOR
MSN: 19230
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bias Fortes, MG (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Belo Horizonte-Pampulha Airport, MG (PLU/SBBH), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
The DC-3 crashed encountered cumulonimbus clouds along the route. The pilot attempted to divert to Barbacena, however the aircraft entered a violent hailstrom. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed.

Probable Cause:

Contriburing factors:
- Adverse meteorological conditions
- Deficient flight planning
- Deficient flight safety doctrine

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: SIPAER
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 170 days (6 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» La Nación 24 October 1974, p24A
» Jornal do Brasil 23 October 1974, p24

Follow-up / safety actions


photo of Douglas-C-47A-PP-FOR
accident date: 22-10-1974
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: PP-FOR

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Belo Horizonte-Pampulha Airport, MG to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 349 km (218 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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