Accident Douglas DC-6BF N6103C, Friday 24 February 1978
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Date:Friday 24 February 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-6BF
Owner/operator:West Indies Air Transport
Registration: N6103C
MSN: 44103/392
Year of manufacture:1953
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU) -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The undercarriage had to be recycled prior to landing in order to obtain a down and locked indication. The right main gear was still retracted, however. Despite a warning from the tower controller, the crew continued to land. The DC-6 veered off the runway and ended up in a drainage ditch, 4300 feet from the runway threshold and 200 feet to the right of the centerline.

pilot in command - failed to assure the gear was down and locked
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
airframe - landing gear: normal retraction/extension assembly

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: MIA78FA047
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


Aviation News 17.03.1978



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA); 27 August 1973

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