An intense gale with speeds of up to 115 km/h, followed by torrential rain on Thursday afternoon, 26, in Pirassununga, São Paulo, caused unofficially confirmed damage to Brazilian Air Force (FAB) aircraft stationed at the Air Force Academy (AFA).
The storm also hit the town of Analândia, located about 34 km from Pirassununga and along the SP-225 highway. According to Souza, director of Pirassununga Civil Defense, the Cachoeira de Emas region recorded rainfall of approximately 80mm, causing flooding on some stretches of the SP-201.
The aircraft affected are the FAB’s Embraer T-27 Tucano, which are used to train aviation cadets at the AFA.
After the storm passed, images taken at the scene show that at least three of these aircraft suffered damage. This was due to the collapse of structures known as “hangarets,” which are hangars without side walls, which collapsed onto the aircraft parked in the courtyard.
One of the aircraft affected was a T-27 that had been given a special livery to commemorate the AFA’s 80th anniversary, displaying the colors of the National Flag on the tail and a grey fuselage.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported, as air operations were suspended due to the unfavorable weather conditions at the time.