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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Friday 13 January 1939
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3mge
Operator:Syndicato Condor
Registration: PP-CAY
C/n / msn: 4042
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rio Bonito, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES (VIX/SBVT), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Calabouço Seaplane Base, Brazil
Narrative:
The Ju-52 floatplane, named "Marimbá", flew into a mountain in the Serra do Sambé, NE of Rio de Janeiro and caught fire. The five crew members and the five passengers were killed.
Last radio contact was at 15:23 hours.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Folha da Manhã 14 January 1939, p2
» Folha da Manhã 15 January 1939, p2
» O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX / Carlos Ari César Germano da Silva


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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 Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES to Rio de Janeiro-Calabouço Seaplane Base as the crow flies is 417 km (261 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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