Date & Time: Nov 8, 1940 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after its departure from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, while climbing in clouds to an altitude of some 1,500 feet, the three engine aircraft named 'Cidade de Santos' collided with a De Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly registered LV-KAB and operated by the Shell-Mex Company of Argentina. Its pilot was initiated an approach to the same airport when the collision occurred. Following the collision, both aircraft entered a dive and crashed into the Botafogo Bay, killing all 19 occupants.
Both crews failed to see and avoid each other due to the poor visibility caused by the presence of clouds at low altitude.