Loss of control Accident Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia PT-WRQ, Friday 30 August 2002
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Date:Friday 30 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Owner/operator:Rico Linhas Aéreas
Registration: PT-WRQ
MSN: 120043
Year of manufacture:1987
Total airframe hrs:25958 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 31
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,5 km from Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport, AC (RBR) -   Brazil
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tarauacá Airport, AC (TRQ/SBTK)
Destination airport:Rio Branco-Plácido de Castro International Airport, AC (RBR/SBRB)
Investigating agency: CENIPA
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Flight 4823 departed Cruzeiro do Sul at 16:25 for a flight to Rio Branco, with an intermediate stop at Tarauacá.
While approaching Rio Branco during a rainstorm, the aircraft descended below MDA and struck highlands 1,5 km short of the runway.


23:00 UTC / 18:00 local time:
SBRB 302300Z 30008KT 4000 TSRA BKN006 FEW025CB BKN100 25/25 Q1010=

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CENIPA
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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  • 13th worst accident in 2002
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Düsseldorf Airport (DUS); 03 October 1987

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