On 5 November 2021, a Beechcraft King Air on approach to the Ubaporanga Airport at Piedade de Caratinga, near Caratinga, Brazil, crashed 4 kilometers from the runway, killing all five people on board. Among the victims was Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça. The airplane involved belonged to PEC Aviation, a Brazilian air taxi operating airline company.
|Date||5 November 2021|
|Summary||Crashed on final approach, under investigation|
|Site||Piedade de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil |
|Aircraft type||Beechcraft C90A King Air|
|Flight origin||Goiânia International Airport, Goiânia|
|Destination||Ubaporanga Airport, Caratinga, Brazil|
During approach, the aircraft struck high-power cables and crashed into a waterfall.
Investigations will be conducted by the Civil Police and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), on preliminary data, the plane with registration number PT-ONJ was up to date and with active registration. The plane and pilot were authorized to perform air taxi service and both pilot and copilot were considered experienced and the flying conditions at the time of the crash were favorable.
On 5 November, the Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais issued a note stating that the aircraft had hit high-power cables in Caratinga, in the Vale do Rio Doce. Preliminary information from pilots who were flying over the area at the same time of the crash corroborate the statement, having witnessed the moment when the twin-engine turboprop aircraft hit the electric cables.
Apart from Marília Mendonça, on board the aircraft were pilot Geraldo Martins de Medeiros Júnior and copilot Tarciso Pessoa Viana, Among those also killed were Mendonça's uncle and producer.
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- "Bombeiros retiram todos os corpos do avião de Maeilia Mendonça" [Firefighters remove all bodies from Marília Mendonça's plane]. Estado de Minas (in Portuguese). 2021-11-05. Retrieved 2021-11-06.
- "Cemig confirma que avião com Marília Mendonça atingiu cabo de torre de alta tensão antes de cair em MG" [Cemig confirms that the plane with Marília Mendonça hit a high-voltage tower cable before crashing in MG]. G1 (in Portuguese). 2021-11-05. Retrieved 2021-11-06.
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- "Marília Mendonça morre aos 26 anos em queda de avião em Minas Gerais" [Marília Mendonça dies at age 26 in a plane crash in Minas Gerais]. G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-11-06.
- "Produtor geral de Marília Mendonça, uma das vítimas do acidente com avião, era baiano; conheça Henrique Ribeiro" [General producer of Marília Mendonça, one of the victims of the plane accident, was from Bahia; meet Henrique Ribeiro]. G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-11-06.
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