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Crash of a Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel in Santos: 7 killed

Date & Time: Aug 13, 2014 at 1000 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PR-AFA
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro – Santos
MSN:
560-6066
YOM:
2011
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
On approach to Santos Air Base, State of São Paulo, crew abandoned the approach and started a go around when he lost control of the aircraft that plunged into the earth and crashed in flames in a near vertical position, some 4,3 km short of runway. All seven occupants were killed, among them the Brazilian politician Eduardo Campos who was travelling to Santos as part of the presidential campaign. The candidate was accompanied by his chief of cabinet, a journalist, his chauffeur and an official photographer. This is the first fatal accident involving a Cessna 560XL Citation Excel since its arrival on the market in 1996. Built in 2011, the aircraft was a 560XLS version owned by the Grupo Andrade (AF Andrade Empreendimentos e Participaçoes). In a first statement dated three days after the accident, investigators confirmed that the Cockpit Voice Recorder was readable but the data contained concerned a preceding flight. Therefore, no data about the accident could not be recorded.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the loss of control on final approach was caused by a spatial disorientation on part of the captain who was not sufficiently trained on this type of aircraft. Losing situational awareness, the pilot adopted a wrong approach configuration with full power that led the aircraft to pitch down up to 70°. In such condition, the aircraft was uncontrollable. Overconfidence on part of the captain and negligence of the approach procedures contributed to this situation, as well as fatigue and low visibility caused by marginal weather conditions. No technical anomalies were noted on the aircraft, except the fact that the CVR was deactivated during this flight for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond in Santos

Date & Time: Mar 23, 2003 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
PT-LNN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro-Santos
MSN:
0048
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing, the aircraft suffered aquaplaning. It overran the wet runway and came to rest in a ditch.

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan in São Paulo

Date & Time: Oct 10, 1972 at 0840 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
PT-ANS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santos – São Paulo
MSN:
1513
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to São Paulo-Congonhas in poor visibility, the twin engine airplane struck the ground and crashed short of runway threshold. Both pilots were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11B Kansan near Santos: 6 killed

Date & Time: Mar 13, 1958 at 1410 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
100
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Florianópolis – Cumbica
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a flight from Florianópolis to Cumbica AFB. Weather conditions deteriorated en route and the visibility decreased due to foggy conditions when the airplane struck power cables and crashed on the slope of the Diabo Peak located in the Serra do Mar, in the region of Santos. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all six occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Junkers JU.52/3mge in Santos: 6 killed

Date & Time: May 22, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PP-CBC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santos – Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro – Natal
MSN:
5453
YOM:
1936
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Santos, the three engine aircraft christened 'Guaracy' stalled and crashed in the estuary of Santos. Eleven occupants were injured while six passengers, among them the Brazilian Minister of Justice Mauricio Cardoso, were killed.