Accident Douglas DC-3-201D N15598, Monday 2 January 1978
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Date:Monday 2 January 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3-201D
Owner/operator:Aero Virgin Islands - AVI
Registration: N15598
MSN: 2258
Year of manufacture:1940
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:0,3km N off Río Grande Municipality -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Saint Thomas Airport (STT/TIST)
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The no. 1 engine failed 12 miles east of San Juan. While securing the engine, a loss of power on the no. 2 engine occurred. The pilot was forced to ditch the DC-3 1000 feet offshore.

pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - inattentive to fuel supply
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel starvation
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: inadequate supervision of flight crew
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate inspection of aircraft (maintenance personnel)
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: MIA78FA027
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report



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