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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Friday 30 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Operator:Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registration: PT-WRQ
MSN: 120043
First flight: 1987
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport, AC (RBR) (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tarauacá Airport, AC (TRQ/SBTK), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport, AC (RBR/SBRB), Brazil
Flight 4823 departed Cruzeiro do Sul at 16:25 for a flight to Rio Branco, with an intermediate stop at Tarauacá.
While approaching Rio Branco during a rainstorm, the aircraft descended below MDA and struck highlands 1,5 km short of the runway.

Loss of control

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METAR Weather report:
23:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SBRB 302300Z 30008KT 4000 TSRA BKN006 FEW025CB BKN100 25/25 Q1010=


photo of Embraer-120ER-Brasilia-D-CEME
accident date: 30-08-2002
type: Embraer 120ER Brasilia
registration: D-CEME

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 Tarauacá Airport, AC to Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport, AC as the crow flies is 368 km (230 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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