Transbrasil Flight 303

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Transbrasil Flight 303
Boeing 727-77, TransBrasil JP28566.jpg
A Transbrasil Boeing 727 similar to the one involved
Accident summary
Date April 12, 1980
Summary Pilot error followed by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
Site Morro da Virgínia, near Hercílio Luz International Airport, Florianópolis, Brazil
Passengers 50
Crew 8
Fatalities 55
Injuries (non-fatal) 3
Survivors 3
Aircraft type Boeing 727-27C
Operator Transbrasil
Registration PT-TYS
Flight origin Congonhas-São Paulo Airport, São Paulo, Brazil
Destination Hercílio Luz International Airport, Florianópolis, Brazil

Transbrasil Flight 303 was a flight from Congonhas-São Paulo Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, to Hercílio Luz International Airport in Florianópolis, Brazil, on April 12, 1980. It crashed on approach to Hercílio Luz International Airport. Only three of the 58 people on board survived.[1][2]


The aircraft involved was a Boeing 727-27C, registration PT-TYS. It had first flown on August 14, 1966. It was delivered to Braniff Airways, which leased it to Transbrasil in 1975, and sold it to Transbrasil in 1976.


The aircraft was on a night instrument approach to Hercílio Luz International Airport in a severe thunderstorm when it went off course, struck the hill Morro da Virgínia, and exploded. Probable causes were misjudgment of speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around, and improper operation of the engines.


  1. ^ "Accident description PT-TYS". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Germano da Silva, Carlos Ari César (2008). "Transbrasil 303". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 313–317. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.