Accident Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26 N1039V, Tuesday 29 April 1952
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Date:Tuesday 29 April 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic b377 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser 10-26
Owner/operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N1039V
MSN: 15939/12
Year of manufacture:1949
Total airframe hrs:6944 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-B6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:450 km SW of Carolina, MA -   Brazil
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, RJ (GIG/SBGL)
Destination airport:Port of Spain-Piarco Airport (POS/TTPP)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 202 originated at Buenos Aires, destination New York, with en route stops scheduled at Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Port of Spain, Trinidad. The flight departed Buenos Aires 18:52 UTC. After a scheduled stop at Montevideo the flight arrived at Rio de Janeiro at 01:05, April 29. The flight departed Rio de Janeiro at 02:43 for a direct off-airways flight to Port of Spain. At 06:16 the flight reported abeam of Barreiras, flying at 14,500 feet under VFR conditions and estimating abeam of Carolina, Brazil, at 07:45 UTC. This was the last known message from the flight. The aircraft was later found to have crashed in dense jungle.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The separation of the no.2 engine and propeller from the aircraft due to highly unbalanced forces, followed by uncontrollability and disintegration of the aircraft for reasons undetermined."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


CAB File No. 1-0080
ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (64-72)

History of this aircraft

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  • 4th worst accident in 1952
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB); 450 km SW of Carolina, MA; May 1952; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB); 450 km SW of Carolina, MA; May 1952; (publicdomain)

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