And the mystery deepens. Investigators have been unable to determine the weight. There was no manifest or weight and balance located at the airline
offices. They're estimating 19,820 pounds on 9 pallets based on documents found to date.
The flight plan filed showed five people on board, but six were found at the crash site. Five crew and a cargo specialist. One survived the accident.
I wonder how much Street value went up in flames in the 727 crash. It reminds me of my parent's story about flying through Manaus as an overnight
fueling stop in 1982 and seeing all the completely unmarked aircraft on the tarmac.
Nothing's quite as scary as 3rd-world jet aviation.
More information. The airport was operating uncontrolled at the time, and it appears the crew was unaware of the winds. The wind at the time was 010
at 8 knots, which should have led them to use runway 07. Instead they headed to runway 25, resulting in a 4 knot tailwind on takeoff.
The crew was attempting a fuel dump after takeoff, and allowed the aircraft to roll to 60 degrees.
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