Date & Time: May 13, 1980 at 1245 LT
Type of aircraft:
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Rio de Janeiro - Campinas
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine airplane departed Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport at 1231LT on a special flight to Campinas-Viracopos, carrying six passengers and a pilot. The goal of the mission was a survey flight on behalf of the 'Rondon Project (Projeto Rondon) of the Ministry of Defence. At 1251LT, the pilot cancelled his IFR flight plan and informed ATC he was continuing under VFR mode. This was the last radio contact. As the airplane failed to land at Viracopos Airport, SAR operations were initiated but eventually abandoned 19 days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the 7 occupants was found.