On October 31 1996, about 0545 UTC a Fokker 100, registration PT-MRK, operating as TAM Airlines flight. 402, crashed shortly after takeoff from the Congonhas Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The flight was part of a shuttle operation between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An instrument meteorological conditions flight plan was filed for the 45 minute flight. The aircraft was destroyed and the 89 passengers and 6 crewmembers received fatal injuries. At least two persons on the ground were reported with fatal injuries. Three of the passengers were reported to be American citizens

Witnesses reported the aircraft failed to gain altitude after takeoff collided with a tall building and crashed into residential area about 1 mile from the end of the departure runway.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Brazil. Any information pertaining this accident may be obtained from:

Centro de Investgacao e Prevencao de Acidentes Aeronauticos. (CENIPA) Phone 5561-365-1008/1841 Fax-5561-385-1004

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the government of Brazil.

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