Accident Douglas DC-3C N782T, Wednesday 19 July 2006
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Date:Wednesday 19 July 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3C
Owner/operator:Tol Air Services
Registration: N782T
MSN: 4382
Year of manufacture:1942
Total airframe hrs:32278 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:1,5 km W off Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT) -   U.S. Virgin Islands
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT/TIST)
Destination airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The DC-3 had delivered mail to Saint Thomas (STT) and was prepared for positioning flight back to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first officer was flying the airplane. The takeoff roll and rotation at 84 knots was uneventful until about 100 feet above the ground when the gear was called out to be retracted. At that time, the left engine's rpm dropped from 1,800 to 1,000. The captain stated he communicated to the first office "I have the plane". The left engine's propeller was selected for feathering. The airplane would not maintain altitude and airspeed. He instructed the first officer to confirm that the gear was retracted. The captain knew the airplane would not make it back to the airport and instructed the passengers to don their life vests and prepare for a ditching. The aircraft was ditched in the ocean and remained afloat. All occupants exited the airplane into a life raft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The airplane's inability to maintain altitude for undetermined reasons, following a loss of power from the left engine."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA06LA125
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Download report: Final report


NTSB id. MIA06LA125
N782T dive site off St Thomas



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ); February 1994

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