Transbrasil Flight 303

aviation accident

Transbrasil Flight 303 was a flight from Congonhas-São Paulo Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, to Hercílio Luz International Airport in Florianópolis, Brazil, on April 12, 1980. It crashed on approach to Hercílio Luz International Airport. Only three of the 58 people on board survived.[1][2]

Transbrasil Flight 303
Boeing 727-77, TransBrasil JP28566.jpg
A Transbrasil Boeing 727 similar to the one involved
DateApril 12, 1980 (1980-04-12)
SummaryPilot error followed by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
SiteMorro da Virgínia, near Hercílio Luz International Airport, Florianópolis, Brazil
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-27C
Flight originCongonhas-São Paulo Airport, São Paulo, Brazil
DestinationHercílio Luz International Airport, Florianópolis, Brazil


The aircraft involved was a Boeing 727-27C, registration PT-TYS. It had first flown on August 14, 1966. It was delivered to Braniff Airways, which leased it to Transbrasil in 1975, and sold it to Transbrasil in 1976.


The aircraft was on a night instrument approach to Hercílio Luz International Airport in a severe thunderstorm when it went off course, struck the hill Morro da Virgínia, and exploded. Probable causes were misjudgment of speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around, and improper operation of the engines.


  1. "Accident description PT-TYS". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. Ari César, Carlos; da Silva, Germano (2008). "Transbrasil 303". O rastro da bruxa: história da aviação comercial brasileira no século XX através dos seus acidentes 1928-1996 [The witch trail: history of Brazilian commercial aviation in the 20th century through its accidents 1928-1996] (in Portuguese) (2 ed.). Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. pp. 313–317. ISBN 978-85-7430-760-2.