ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) PP-AVZ Ilhéus, BA
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Date:Tuesday 30 May 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aerovias Brasil
Registration: PP-AVZ
MSN: 9156
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ilhéus, BA (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vitória da Conquista Airport, BA (VDC/SBQV), Brazil
Destination airport:Salvador-Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, BA (SSA/SBSV), Brazil
VFR conditions existed en route from Vitória to Salvador until the aircraft encountered clouds at FL100. A descent was initiated and the DC-3 descended through dense cumulo-nimbus (Cb) clouds with strong positive and negative gusts. These gusts caused the displacement of passengers and freight. Control was lost and both wings separated as the aircraft descended at a speed greater than the never exceed speed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Unexpected occurrence of the worst weather conditions en route. 2) Pilots imprudence in initiating a descent without being certain he had flown beyond the turbulence area."

Wing failure
Loss of control


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Distance from Vitória da Conquista Airport, BA to Salvador-Santo Amaro do Ipitanga Airport, BA as the crow flies is 348 km (217 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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Douglas DC-3

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