- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: August 02, 1949
Time: c 11:30
Location: Jaquirana, Brazil
Operator: Varig
Flight #: ?
Route: Sao Paulo - Porto Alegre
AC Type: Curtiss C-46D-10-CU
Registration: PP-VBI
cn / ln: 33100
Aboard: 36   (passengers:30  crew:6)
Fatalities: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: Twenty minutes before arriving a Porto Alegre, a fire was discovered in cargo hold "G." The pilot executed an emergency descent while the crew tried to extinguish the flames to no avail. As the plane attempted to land, the panicking passengers rushed to the front of the plane to escape the flames causing the center of gravity to change, resulting in a hard landing. The cause of the fire in the hold "G" was not determined.
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