38 Years ago today: On 12 April 1980 a Transbrasil Boeing 727 crashed on approach to Florianopolis, Brazil, killing 55 out of 58 occupants.

Date:Saturday 12 April 1980
Type: Boeing 727-27C
C/n / msn:19111/297
First flight:1966-07-01 (13 years 10 months)
Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 58
Airplane damage:Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) from Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz International Airport, SC (FLN) (   Brazil)
Phase:Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil
Destination airport:Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz International Airport, SC (FLN/SBFL), Brazil

The Boeing was off course during an instrument approach to Florianopolis and struck a hill. The aircraft was flown by an inspector pilot on a training mission. A severe thunderstorm was active in the area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: Misjudged speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around and improper operation of the engines.