(Last Updated On: September 21, 2018)
King Air Aircraft Crashes at Sao Paulo Airport in Brazil
A small plane crashed on landing at Sao Paulo Campo de Marte airfield on Sunday afternoon of 29 July 2018, killing the pilot, but his six passengers survived, the Brazilian agency that operates the airport said. The pilot was caught in the burning wreckage of the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air and died before he could be rescued, the fire brigade said.
The G1 News website reported that the founders of Videplast, a leading plastic industry company that makes flexible packaging, Nereu and Geraldo Denardi, were among the passengers who survived.
A video footage released caught the dramatic moment the plane crash landed and burst into flames. The pilot of the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air, named as Antonio Traversi, is confirmed to have died on impact while his co-pilot, named as Bene Souza, was rescued and remains in hospital with serious injuries
The video shows the aircraft coming to land at Sao Paulo's Campo de Marte airfield before veering off course and exploding into a fireball. The flight originated from the city of Videira, in Santa Catarina, about three hours away. The injured have since been named as company owners and brothers Geraldo Denardi and Nereu Denardi, Nereu's 17-year-old son Enzo, and workers Aguinaldo Nunes and Agnaldo Crippa.
Emergency services were called to the scene and fire crews managed to extract the five passengers and co-pilot alive. Preliminary information received cites the pilot having confusion on whether the landing gear had lowered and were in down and locked position. The pilot reached out to the control tower to confirm his suspicion and while he executed a gear-down check maneuver, the aircraft 'lunged' towards the ground and crashed.
An investigation has been launched into the events which led to the crash. Experts from the Regional Investigation and Prevention Service of Aeronautical Accidents (Seripa IV) and the Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa) had arrived on the scene.