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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Friday 4 September 1964
Time:19:34 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 701C Viscount
Operator:VASP - Viação Aérea São Paulo
Registration: PP-SRR
MSN: 66
First flight: 1955
Total airframe hrs:17165
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) SW of Nova Friburgo, RJ (   Brazil)
Crash site elevation: 1950 m (6398 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES (VIX/SBVT), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro (unknown airport), RJ, Brazil
Flightnumber: 141
The Viscount took off from Vitoria at 18:45 GMT and climbed to 1800 m. At 19:33 the crew reported over Rio Bonito at 1800 m in instrument meteorological conditions. Actually, the flight was over Nova Friburgo, 43 km from Rio Bonito. The aircraft collided with the west slope of the Pico da Caledônia (2255 m) at an elevation of about 1950 m (6400 ft).
VASP Flight 141 was a scheduled service from Recife, Brazil to São Paulo, Brazil with intermediate stops at Vitória and Rio de Janeiro.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with an obstacle located 35km to the right of the intended track, for reasons unknown."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume III, Circular 82-AN/69 (68-73)
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