The Hemisphere: Peak Disaster

At 2 p.m., just after taking off from Florianópolis, plane 2023, a Brazilian air force C-47 of the Correio Aereo Nacional, radioed back that it had run into heavy overcast, was going on instruments. Aboard were 13 servicemen, nine civilians including four women and two children, a crew of six. Plane 2023 was on a routine flight to Porto Alegre and then to Uruguaiana in the neighboring state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Four minutes after the report, plane 2023 plowed into Cambirela Peak in the foothills of the Serra da Boa Vista. It took rescue parties 27 hours to reach the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!