A Brazilian registered Embraer EMB 120 similar to the one involved in the crash
|Date||14 May 2004|
|Site||Amazon forest, near Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil|
|Aircraft type||Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia|
|Operator||Rico Linhas Aéreas|
|Flight origin||São Paulo de Olivença Airport, São Paulo de Olivença, Brazil|
|Stopover||Tefé Airport, Tefé, Brazil|
|Destination||Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Manaus, Brazil|
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