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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Monday 23 December 1946
Time:ca 14:30
Type:Avro 685 York I
Operator:Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina - FAMA
Registration: LV-XIG
MSN: 1365
First flight: 1946
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) W of Rio de Janeiro, RJ (   Brazil)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Natal Airport, RN (NAT/SBNT), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
The Avro York operated on a transatlantic service from London, UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina. En route stops were made at Paris, Lisbon, Dakar and Natal.
It struck the 990 metres high Pico do Papagaio while on approach.


» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 45)
» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Dec 24, 1946


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Distance from Natal Airport, RN to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 2063 km (1289 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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