Date & Time: Dec 14, 1950 at 0910 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Ribeirão Preto – São Paulo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Ribeirão Preto Airport, en route to São Paulo-Congonhas, the aircraft suffered a left engine failure. The pilot in command reduced his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing and the aircraft crash landed in flames in a wasteland near the airport. A passenger was killed and a second was seriously injured while 18 other occupants were evacuated safely. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
It appears that the left engine failed shortly after rotation and that a fuel line ruptured. Fuel leaked in the engine nacelle and caught fire while contacting high temperature engine components.