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Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 in Bauru: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 12, 2008 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N525ZS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bauru-Sorocaba
MSN:
B-066
YOM:
1971
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft crashed shortly after take off, 5 km from the airport. The sole occupant was killed.

Crash of a Fokker F27 Friendship 200 in Bauru: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 12, 1990 at 0929 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PT-LCG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
São Paulo – Bauru – Araçatuba
MSN:
10206
YOM:
1962
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
38
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed São Paulo-Congonhas Airport on a domestic schedule flight to Araçatuba with an intermediate stop in Bauru. The pilot-in-command was a captain under training, accompanied by an instructor and a third pilot. Because the Brasilia ARTCC frequency was congested, the crew was cleared to initiate the descent from FL140 at a distance of 50 km from Bauru Airport instead of the standard 74 km. This caused the aircraft to approach at an excessive speed and as the captain estimated the situation as unsafe, he prefered to initiate a go-around but the instructor decided to continue. Due to a lack of coordination between the captain and the instructor, it was not clear who would perform the landing but finally, the instructor took over control. Following a rate of descent of 2,500 feet per minute, the aircraft landed at a speed of 130 knots some 775 meters past the runway 32 threshold. After touchdown, the aircraft floated, causing the left and right main gear to land alternatingly. The instructor realized that he would not be able to stop the aircraft within the remaining distance so he decided to initiate a go-around procedure and added full power. As this was against the published procedure and due to a lack of sufficient air in the engine in combination with a high angle of attack, the aircraft stalled after the engine failed to develop enough power. The aircraft crashed 600 meters past the runway end, struck vehicles and houses and came to rest in flames. One of the pilot and two people in car were killed. All other occupants were rescued, among them three were seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of a poor approach planning and wrong approach configuration.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- Deficiencies in crew training,
- Deficiencies in flight controls,
- Poor crew coordination,
- Poor judgment,
- Poor planning,
- Lack of supervision.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110C Bandeirante in Agudos: 18 killed

Date & Time: Feb 8, 1979 at 1940 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PP-SBB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bauru - São Paulo
MSN:
110-010
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Bauru Airport at 1930LT on a schedule flight to São Paulo. Ten minutes later, the crew encountered an unexpected situation and lost control of the airplane that entered a dive and crashed in a huge explosion in a pine forest located in Agudos. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 18 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of the separation of an horizontal stabilizer in flight.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110C Bandeirante in São Paulo: 15 killed

Date & Time: Feb 27, 1975 at 0633 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PP-SBE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
São Paulo - Bauru - Araçatuba
MSN:
110-021
YOM:
1974
Flight number:
VP640
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 34 at São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, while climbing, the crew reported problems with the right engine and attempted to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, the airplane went out of control and crashed in flames onto several houses located in the district of Campo Belo near the airport. The aircraft and four houses were totally destroyed and all 15 occupants were killed. There were no victims on the ground.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine after takeoff for unknown reason.

Crash of a Grumman J4F-2 Widgeon in Bauru: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 17, 1954 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2668
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bauru - Bauru
MSN:
1272
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew left Bauru Airport at 1100LT for local training purposes. After completing several maneuvers, the crew started a new approach when the pilot-in-command decided to make a go around. The aircraft stalled and crashed short of runway. Both pilots were seriously injured but one of them died from his injuries few hours later.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-45-DK in São Paulo: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 13, 1952 at 1020 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PP-SPM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
São Paulo – Bauru – Marília – Tupã – Londrina
MSN:
16894/34151
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
19
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, while in initial climb, the left engine suffered vibrations. The crew shot down the engine and feathered the propeller before making a turn to fly back to the airport. Shortly later, the right engine suffered technical issues as well and when the pilot lowered the gear, the aircraft lost height, hit obstacles and crashed near a soccer field. Both pilots and two passengers were killed while 18 other occupants were injured, some of them seriously. Few hours later, one of the survivors died from his injuries.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine during initial climb due to accessory drive failure. Malfunction or failure of the right engine due to poor maintenance on part of the operator who failed to follow the published procedures from the engine manufacturer. Wrong decision on part of the flying crew who decided to lower the undercarriage, causing the aircraft to stall.