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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Date:Tuesday 30 December 1958
Type:SAAB Scandia 90A-2
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SQE
MSN: 90.103
First flight: 1950
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2180-E1
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Guanabara Bay, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
The Saab took off from Rio de Janeiro and was climbing through an altitude of 50 m when the no. 1 engine failed. The pilot made a 90 degree left turn and started another left turn after flying straight on for about 500 m. During that turn, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to the pilot' incorrect handling of the controls in flight."

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (246)


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Distance from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ to São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP as the crow flies is 364 km (228 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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