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|
|C/n / msn:||19111/297|
|First flight:||1966-07-01 (13 years 10 months)|
|Engines:||3 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)|
|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 CAUSES: Misjudged speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around and improper operation of the engines.