Date & Time: Aug 23, 1953 at 2000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Landing (descent or approach)
São Paulo – Presidente Prudente – Campo Grande
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The approach to Campo Grande Airport was started in poor weather conditions with low clouds, rain falls and turbulences. On final, the pilot-in-command decided to make a go around. Few minutes later, a second attempt to land was also abandoned and during the third attempt, the aircraft was too low, hit the ground and crashed in a field located 6 km short of runway. All four crew members were injured and the aircraft was written off.
The pilot decided to continue the third approach at a too low altitude in gusty winds, below the minimum prescribed altitude. Poor weather conditions were considered as a contributory factor, as well as the fact that the ground lighting system was insufficient, especially in adverse weather conditions.