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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 21 mars 1989
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-349C
Opérant pour:Transbrasil
Loué à :Omega Air Inc
Immatriculation: PT-TCS
Numéro de série: 19354/503
Année de Fabrication: 1966-06-09 (22 years 10 months)
Heures de vol:61053
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Victimes au sol:victimes: 22
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:2,7 km (1.7 milles) W of São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP (GRU) (   Brésil)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM (MAO/SBEG), Brésil
Aéroport de destination:São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP (GRU/SBGR), Brésil
Numéro de vol: 801
The Boeing 707-300 cargo plane departed Manaus, Brazil on a domestic flight to São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport carrying 26 tons of electronic equipment. The flight crew consisted of a captain under training, an instructor and a flight engineer.
The flight took off at 11:30 UTC and arrived in near Guarulhos Airport shortly before 15:00 UTC (12:00 hours local time). Since an aircraft had become immobilised on runway 09L, the aircraft was cleared for an approach to runway 09R. However, this runway was going to close for maintenance at 15:00 UTC.
A rushed high speed approach was flown. About 14:55 UTC the instructor selected full flaps and speedbrakes, leading to a loss of control.
The left wing of the aircraft struck a building. The aircraft crashed into a residential area near the intersection of Rua Rua Regente Feijó and Rua Sandovalina in the Jardim Ipanema neighborhood and burst into flames. Three crew members and 22 persons on the ground were killed.

This 707 was used in the 1970 movie "Airport" when it was still owned by Flying Tigers.

Probable Cause:

Contributing factors
a. Human Factor
(1) Psychological aspect - the imminent interruption of operations in the aerodrome that would be used for landing the aircraft stimulated the instructor to make a hurried descent, characterizing a potential state of anxiety.
(2) Physiological aspect - there are indications that it contributed to fatigue
b. Material Factor - Did not contribute
c. Operational Factor - It was a determining factor for the occurrence of the accident through the following aspects:
(1) Poor instruction - The instruction given to the pilot was discontinued and the local flight did not comply with the minima provided in RAC 3211.
(2) Poor supervision - The failures found in the instruction were due to poor supervision of the Company's operations sector.
(3) Poor cockpit coordination
- During the descent procedure when working check list, the instructor broke the sequence of standardized procedures, thus stopping the instruction and consequently, the student's core handling of the flight
- The instructor, without the student being informed beforehand, commanded the flaps together with the "speed brake". This action configured an abnormal attitude that contributed, without the pilots identifying, to the loss of control of the aircraft
- The flight engineer also failed to meet the checklist items.
(4) Pilot factor caused by other operational factors
- The instructor did not follow the standardization of the instruction, when he executed a decision in a hurry.
- The crew did not respond to the sinking and pull up warnings
(5) Pilot factor caused by error in the application of flight controls - The crew did not operate in accordance with the operational standard issued by the manufacturer and endorsed by the company.
(6) Other (Air Traffic Control) - The air traffic controller contributed to the increase of the crew anxiety level when the controller used non standard phraseology.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CENIPA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 1 months
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/89 (#9)


photo of Boeing-707-349C-S2-ACG
accident date: 21-03-1989
type: Boeing 707-349C
registration: S2-ACG

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Manaus-Eduardo Gomes International Airport, AM et São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, SP est de 2685 km (1678 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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