ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-7C PP-PDL Belém Airport, PA (BEL)
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Date:Saturday 14 October 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operator:Panair do Brasil
Registration: PP-PDL
MSN: 45122/790
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Belém Airport, PA (BEL) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Manaus/Ponta Pelada Airport, AM (PLL/SBMN), Brazil
Destination airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
Hydraulic fluid was lost about one hour after departure from Manaus. An emergency landing at Belem was carried out. On application of reverse pitch on the propellers the DC-7 veered off the runway and came to rest in a ditch, collapsing the landing gear.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Deteriorating action of the hydraulic fluid used in the type of aircraft which affected the rubber and plastic sealing ringe."

Hydraulic system problem
Runway excursion


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Distance from Manaus/Ponta Pelada Airport, AM to Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 1288 km (805 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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