Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815

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Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815
PT-SOK Embraer Emb.120 (7319511574).jpg
A Brazilian registered Embraer EMB 120 similar to the one involved in the crash
Date14 May 2004
SiteAmazon rainforest, near Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil
Aircraft typeEmbraer EMB 120 Brasilia
OperatorRico Linhas Aéreas
Flight originSão Paulo de Olivença Airport, São Paulo de Olivença, Brazil
StopoverTefé Airport, Tefé, Brazil
DestinationEduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil

Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from São Paulo de Olivença, northeast Brazil to Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. 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.[1]

It was the deadliest accident involving an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and the deadliest 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.[1]


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 good. 20 nautical miles (23 mi; 37 km) from the airport, as the aircraft was following the landing pattern to Manaus, air traffic control vectored the flight out of the landing pattern to the left to make room for a priority medical flight. At 18:34, Flight 4815 radioed they were at 2,000 feet (610 m) when the aircraft suddenly dropped off radar.[2] Controllers tried to restore contact with the plane, to no avail. A search and rescue team was assembled, and later found scattered human remains and fragments of plane near the airport. Eyewitnesses reported that they saw a fireball falling during the crash.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Ranter, Harro. "Accident description PT-WRO". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 July 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "ACCIDENT DETAILS". www.planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 7 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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