Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815
A Brazilian registered Embraer EMB 120 similar to the one involved in the crash
|Date||14 May 2004|
|Site||Amazon forest, near Manaus, Brazil|
|Aircraft type||Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia|
|Operator||Rico Linhas Aéreas|
|Flight origin||São Paulo de Olivença Airport, São Paulo de Olivença, Brazil|
|Stopover||Tefé Airport, Tefé, Brazil|
|Destination||Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil|
Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight, flying from São Paulo de Olivença in northeast Brazil to Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. On 14 May 2004, the aircraft operating the flight, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashed into the dense Amazon rainforest while on approach to Manaus. All 33 people on board were killed in the crash.
It was the worst plane accident involving an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and the dealiest in the airline's history, surpassing the previous crash of Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823, which occurred 2 years before the crash of Flight 4815.
The flight was operated by Manaus-based regional airline Rico Linhas Aéreas. The Embraer 120ER Brasília registration PT-WRO had 30 passengers and 3 crew on board, all of them Brazilians. At the time, the weather was reportedly in good condition. As the aircraft was following the landing pattern to Manaus, the aircraft dropped off radar. Radio controller tried to restore contact with the plane but with no avail. A search and rescue team was assembled and later found scattered human remains and fragments of plane near the airport. All 33 people on board were killed in the crash. Eyewitnesses reported that they saw a fireball falling during the crash. 
- "Accident description PT-WRO". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
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