1960 Rio de Janeiro mid-air collision
|Date||February 25, 1960|
|Site||Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Type||Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6A)|
|Operator||United States Navy|
|Flight origin||Buenos Aires-Ezeiza|
|Destination||Galeão Air Force Base|
|Operator||Real Transportes Aéreos|
|Flight origin||Campos dos Goytacazes|
|Destination||Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport|
The 1960 Rio de Janeiro mid-air collision was an aerial collision between two aircraft over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 25, 1960. In the crash, a United States Navy Douglas R6D-1 (DC-6A) (BuNo 131582) flying from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Air Force Base collided in the air over Guanabara Bay, close to the Sugarloaf Mountain with a Real Transportes Aéreos Douglas DC-3 registration PP-AXD operating flight 751 from Campos dos Goytacazes to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport. The crash occurred at 16:10 local time at an altitude of 1,600 meters (5,249 feet).
The US Navy aircraft was carrying members of the United States Navy Band to Brazil to perform at a diplomatic reception attended by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of the 38 occupants of the American aircraft, 3 survived. All 26 passengers and crew of the Brazilian aircraft died. The probable causes of the accident are disputed but include human error, both air and ground, and faulty equipment.
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