Ten Lost in Fretax Taxi Aéreo Crash

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By George Hatcher

On Mar 12, 2013, a Fretax Taxi Aéreo single engine Embraer EMB-820C Carajá (PA-31) disappeared en route from Belem to Sierra Areão Airport. The flight crashed twenty miles from the airport in Almeirim Brazil near the border with the state of Amapá.

Seripa (Regional Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents) discovered the wreckage after the plane went missing late Tuesday in the vicinity of Monte Dourado. Air Traffic controllers reported the flight missing at 22:00 hours and contacted SALVAERO Service Air Search and Rescue.

There were ten people on the flight to the Santo Antonio do Jari hydroelectric power plant, including the pilot, and ten employees of Cesbe Engineering. The crew was en route to the Santo Antonio do Jari hydroelectric dam/power plant building project as part of the construction crew.

A FAB (Força Aérea Brasileira) investigation is underway.

Fretax statement (translated)
At the moment, the company is providing full assistance to those involved in the accident and has taken all steps along with their families, who will receive all the support and information they need,”

The aircraft was “fully airworthy and all revisions to date, and crew member license and valid medical examination.

Brazil Audio

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