In 1954 VARIG
purchased a fleet of 13 Convair 240s, mainly from Pan American.
was the first and was formerly N90660.
It was written off in a crash on approach into Galeao
International Airport, Rio de Janeiro on
22 September of 1958. The aircraft was on a
training flights and was performing
rainfall. Since the windsreen wipers were
not working, the
vision window was opened.
During one of the approaches, the window
came away from its frame,
jamming the control column. While
trying to climb away with full power,
the aircraft crashed
into flames. Wild though that tale is, that is what
appears on the
In the event, the three flight crew escaped with their lives.