Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C off Jacarepaguá

Date & Time: Jul 24, 2012 at 1610 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PT-WOT
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jacarepaguá - Jacarepaguá
MSN:
31-7912021
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft was engaged in a survey flight off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and left Jacarepaguá-Roberto Marinho Airport in the afternoon for a circular mission. While returning to his departure point, pilot encountered problems and decided to ditch the aircraft. On scene, few yards off shore, SAR teams evacuated all three occupants safe but the aircraft sunk.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Alto da Boa Vista: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 16, 2005 at 1405 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PT-WLX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro - Jacarepaguá
MSN:
525-0176
YOM:
1997
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total hours on type:
917.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
2231
Aircraft flight hours:
2231
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont at 1402LT on a positioning flight to Jacarepaguá Airport located 23 km southwest from Santos Dumont Airport. After takeoff, the copilot informed ATC he maintained the altitude of 1,500 feet via route Bravo until the coast. Shortly later, while cruising in clouds at an altitude of 1,380 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Morro da Taquara located in the Tijuca National Park. The wreckage was found near Alto da Boa Vista and both pilots were killed. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were considered as marginal with low ceiling above the mountainous area.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain after the crew decided to conduct this short flight under VFR mode in IMC conditions. The following contributing factors were identified:
- The visibility was reduced by the presence of a low ceiling over the mountains,
- Poor judgment on part of the crew regarding the existing flight conditions,
- Inadequate assessment of the distance between the aircraft and the ground,
- Continuation of the flight at an unsafe altitude for the area,
- Complacency and indiscipline of the crew,
- Poor flight planning,
- Lack of operational supervision.
Final Report: