Photo: BRAZIL: Plane Crash During Air Force Demonstration Kills Two
Two members of the Brazilian air force’s flight demonstration squadron died Monday when their airplane crashed on a training mission, the military said.
The accident occurred around 9:10 a.m. near the runway of the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, a city in central Sao Paulo state.
Capts. Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabricio Carvalho ejected before the crash but did not manage to survive.
The air force said it has launched an investigation.
The plane that went down was an A-29 Super Tucano manufactured by Brazil’s Embraer company.
The flight demonstration squadron had scheduled an air show Sunday to commemorate Father’s Day in Brazil, but suspended it because the group had begun substituting T-27 Tucano aircraft with the A-29 Super Tucano.
The Super Tucano, launched five years ago as the most modern and sophisticated model of Embraer’s military aircraft, is a turboprop designed for light attack missions, surveillance, aerial interception and anti-insurgency operations.
There are currently 170 A-29s being used by the air forces of Brazil and eight other countries.
The last accident of the flight demonstration squadron was the crash of a T-27 on April 2010 in which the pilot died.
The squadron, which began its air shows in 1952, has put on thousands of aerobatic performances in several countries.