Plane crash in which members of Mamonas Assassinas died shocked Brazil as much as plane crash in which Jenni Rivera died shocked Mexico. What made the tragedy worse was that Brazil was still grieving the tragic death of another of the country’s greats – an F1 pilot Ayrton Senna who died in 1994, less than 2 years prior.
Mamonas Assassinas was a Brazilian satirical rock band. Their sound was a mixture of punk rock with influences from several genres, including country music, heavy metal, progressive rock and Portuguese music. The band’s career started in July 1995, but ended 8 months later, on March 2, 1996.
During the short 8 months of their career, Mamonas Assassinas took Brazil by the storm. Their self titled studio album sold more than 3 million copies, making it an ABPD certified Diamond record. But then, while at the height of their career, all members of the band died in a plane crash.
The Plane Crash
The aircraft in which the members of Mamonas Assassinas died had been chartered to take care of the band’s transportation needs during a Brazilian tour. The band had played a show at Estádio Mané Garrincha in Brasília, from where they took off bound for São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport in Guarulhos.
With 7 people onboard a Learjet LR-25D, including all 5 members of the band, the pilot failed to land on the first attempt and flew around the runway for a second one. The second attempt never happened because instead of turning the aircraft to the right as directed by the control tower, the pilot started turning to the left, crashing the plane into the Cantareira mountain range, killing all passengers and crew.
While the name of the band has double meaning in Brazilian Portuguese, band members said that English translation of Mamonas Assassinas is “Killer Big Breasts“. Names of all band members each of whom died in the plane crash were (with their stage names in parentheses). Not one Da Silva in the lot:
- Alecsander Alves (Dinho) – vocals
- Alberto Hinoto (Bento Hinoto) – guitar
- Samuel Reis de Oliveira (Samuel Reoli) – bass guitar
- Júlio César Barbosa (Júlio Rasec- keyboards, backing vocals
- Sérgio Reis de Oliveira (Sérgio Reoli) – drums
Mamonas Assassinas Music Video
Check out the music of Mamonas Assassinas in the video below:
One more video – not sure what is going on in it:
Mamonas Assassinas Plane Crash Photos
Below is a gallery of all Mamonas Assassinas plane crash photos I could lay my hands on. It’s the most complete gallery I know of. Props to Best Gore member Brazilian_NOTDASILVA for his photos: