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Last updated: 16 October 2019
Date:Friday 3 September 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 25B
Operator:Companhia Brasileira de Tratores
Registration: PT-JBQ
C/n / msn: 25-119
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from Rio Branco Airport, AC (RBR) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Porto Velho Airport, RO (PVH/SBPV), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio Branco Airport, AC (RBR/SBRB), Brazil
The plane ran out of fuel on the third approach in poor weather at the unlighted Rio Branco airport.

Probable Cause:

I. Human factor: Psychological aspect - contributed;
II. Operational factor: Adverse weather conditions; poor support staff; deficient operation of the aircraft; deficient infrastructure; and poor flight planning."

» Jornal do Brasil, 5 Sept. 1982


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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 Porto Velho Airport, RO to Rio Branco Airport, AC as the crow flies is 449 km (281 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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