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Brazilian airline Fretax Táxi Aéreo grounded following fatal accident
15 March 2013

The Brazilian aviation regulator Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) decided on March 14, 2013 to suspend the Air Operator Certificate of Fretax Táxi Aéreo  following a fatal accident.

On March 12, 2013 an Embraer EMB-820C Carajá passenger plane of Fretax crashed near Monte Dourado Airport, Brazil, killing the pilot and all nine passengers. The EMB-820C  Carajá is a turboprop conversion of  a license built Piper PA-31 Navajo with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines. It was apparently flown on an IFR flight plan from Belém with just one pilot on board. According to regulations the airplane had to be flown IFR by a two-man crew.

Fretax Táxi Aéreo is an airline established in 2002, operating a mixed fleet of Cessna 208 Caravan,  EMB-820C, and Beechcraft 58 Baron aircraft used for passenger and cargo flights.

 

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