Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823

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Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823
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An Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, similar to the aircraft involved in the accident
Accident summary
Date 8 August 2002
Summary Controlled flight into terrain aggravated by inclement weather
Site Rio Branco, Brazil
Passengers 28
Crew 3
Fatalities 23
Injuries (non-fatal) 8
Survivors 8
Aircraft type Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
Operator Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registration PT-WRQ
Flight origin Tarauacá, Brazil
Destination Rio Branco International Airport, Rio Branco, Brazil

Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4823 was a short haul domestic Brazilian flight from Cruzeiro do Sul, and Tarauacá to Rio Branco.[1] On 8 August 2002, the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, registration PT-WRQ, flying the route crashed in heavy rain.[1] Of the 31 aboard, 23 were killed including all three crew members, and 20 of the 28 passengers.[1]

As the Brasilia was on approach to Rio Branco, ground controllers granted the flight crew permission to land. The aircraft then entered a rainstorm and shortly after impacted with the ground tail first, 1.5 km from the airport. The fuselage broke into three sections and a fire broke out, damaging the airplane beyond repair.


  1. ^ a b c "ASN Aircraft accident Embraer 120ER Brasilia PT-WRQ Rio Branco, AC (RBR)". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 1 August 2010.