Date & Time: Mar 6, 1961 at 1337 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Madrid – Tenerife – Sal – Natal – São Paulo – Montevideo – Buenos Aires – Santiago
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On final approach to São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, the four engine aircraft stalled and crashed short of runway 16 threshold. All 46 occupants were evacuated while the aircraft was destroyed.
It was determined the approach was completed in heavy winds and turbulences and that the aircraft was caught by downdrafts during the last segment. However, it is reported the crew failed to adapt the approach speed to the wind conditions, causing the aircraft to lose height.