Pantanal Linhas Aéreas Flight 4763

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Pantanal Linhas Aéreas Flight 4763
PT-MFJ ATR.42 Pantanal (7376198276).jpg
PT-MFJ, the sister ship to the aircraft involved
DateJuly 16, 2007 (2007-07-16)
SummaryRunway excursion caused by pilot error and hydroplaning
SiteSão Paulo–Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brazil
Aircraft typeATR 42-300
OperatorPantanal Linhas Aéreas
IATA flight No.GP4763
ICAO flight No.PTN4763
Call signPANTANAL 4763
Flight originBauru Airport, Bauru, Brazil
DestinationSão Paulo–Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brazil
Survivors25 (all)

Pantanal Linhas Aéreas Flight 4763 was a regularly scheduled domestic passenger flight from Bauru to São Paulo, Brazil. On July 16 2007, the ATR 42-300 operating the flight veered off runway 17R at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo into a taxiway. All 25 passengers and crew on board survived.[1]

Aircraft and crew[edit]

The aircraft involved was a twin turboprop ATR 42-300, serial number 225, registration PR-MBK; it was powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120 turboprop engines. The aircraft had been built in 1991 and was operated by TAT European Airlines and Air Inter Gabon in before being delivered to Pantanal Linhas Aéreas in March 1998.[2]

The captain had 7,420 flight hours, including 4,993 hours on the ATR 42. The first officer was less experienced than the captain, having logged only 947 flight hours, with 797 of them on the ATR 42.[3]


The was cleared to land on runway 17R at Congonhas Airport at 12:42 local time. However, on touchdown, the aircraft began to veer to the left. The flight crew was unsuccessful in regaining control and the aircraft skidded off the runway into a grassy area between the runway and taxiway C, causing the nose landing gear to collapse, the aircraft striking a small light pole and a concrete box before coming to a stop. All 25 people on board survived with no injuries.[1][3]


At the time of the accident, runway 35L/17R was undergoing construction to prevent hydroplaning. The runway had already been resurfaced, but had yet to receive water-channeling grooves, thus hydroplaning still occurred. The pilot flying the aircraft applied full pressure to the right rudder pedal, only aggravating the situation further. The pilot flying had not been briefed about this before this accident.[3]


The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and written off, making this the 18th hull loss of an ATR 42.[1][3]

Just one day after the accident, on July 17, 2007, TAM Airlines Flight 3054 (an Airbus A320-233 with registration PR-MBK) landed on runway 35L at Congonhas Airport at 18:54 local time. Like Flight 4763, Flight 3054 also experienced hydroplaning and difficulty stopping. Unlike Flight 4763, Flight 3054 was travelling at a much higher speed of 90 knots (170 km/h; 100 mph) due to the flight crew accidentally leaving the right engine at takeoff power. Flight 3054 veered left, overshot the runway and crashed into a warehouse, exploding on impact. All 187 people on board were killed, along with 12 more people on the ground.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Kano air disaster, another runway excursion that occurred in bad weather, albeit with fatalities
  • TAM Airlines Flight 3054, an accident that occurred the next day under similar circumstances, albeit overshooting the runway and resulting in fatalities
  • Philippine Airlines Flight 137


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident ATR 42-300 PT-MFK São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH)". Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  2. "PT-MFK Pantanal ATR 42". Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "RELATÓRIO FINAL A-N°005/CENIPA/2008" [FINAL REPORT A-N°005/CENIPA/2008] (PDF) (in português). CENIPA. Retrieved 2019-10-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A320-233 PR-MBK São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH)". Retrieved 2019-10-20.

External links[edit]

External images
Pre-accident pictures of aircraft at
Pre-accident pictures of aircraft at

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