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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 4 November 1957
Time:13:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:REAL Transportes Aéreos
Registration: PP-AXS
C/n / msn: 7467
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Praia da Baleia, SP (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro (unknown airport), RJ, Brazil
Narrative:
The REAL DC-4 had just reached the cruising altitude of 3000 m when the no. 2 engine fuel pressure dropped to zero. As the crew tried to feather the prop, the oil pressure on both engines rose and smoke was emitting from the battery and generator compartment. The no. 2 engine then caught fire. During the emergency descent the no. 2 engine fell off the wing and the crew were forced to ditch the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of fuel pipe supplying No.2 engine."

Classification:
Engine separation
Ditching

Sources:
» A Noite 4-11-1957
» Folha da Manhã 3-11-1957
» Pilotos da Real que pousaram no mar salvaram 39 pessoas em 1957 (JWS.com.br, April 26, 2017)


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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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