Embraer Bandeirante turboprop crashed in the Amazon

Aircraft attempted to land in the city of Barcelos amid bad weather. Fourteen occupants died in the crash

An Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop suffered a serious accident on Saturday, September 16, when trying to land at Barcelos Airport, in the Brazilian Amazon, after taking off from Manaus.

The aircraft, belonging to the company Manaus Taxi Aereo, attempted to make a go-around in bad weather and ended up crashing next to the runway. The two pilots and 12 passengers died in the crash.

The front part of the Bandeirante was completely destroyed, as shown in images shared on social media. The PT-SOG turboprop was manufactured by Embraer in 1991 and has MSN 110490.

Manaus Taxi Aereo published a statement on its social networks in which it said it was certain “that the aircraft and crew involved in the accident met all the requirements of the civil aviation authority necessary for airworthiness, and we are committed to clarifying all the details related to this accident”.

The aircraft had been chartered by a group of Brazilian tourists who intended to practice sport fishing in the region.

The Brazilian Air Force stated in a statement that it will investigate the causes of the accident.

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In February 2009, another Bandeirante from Manaus Taxi Aereo had fallen into a river also in Amazonas, with 28 people on board, although it could only carry 19 passengers. Only four people survived.


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