Loss of control Accident Lockheed 18-56-24 Lodestar N2375, Monday 14 January 1974
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Date:Monday 14 January 1974
Time:20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed 18-56-24 Lodestar
Owner/operator:Air Caribbean
Registration: N2375
MSN: 18-2455
Year of manufacture:1943
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Pompano Beach, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
A Lockheed Lodestar carrying 4000 lb (1814 kg) of marijuana suffered a no. 2 engine no. 9 exhaust valve failure. The pilot did not feather the propeller and tried to land at Pompano Beach Airport, FL. The aircraft stalled and crashed while turning on approach.

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
powerplant - engine structure: cylinder assembly
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
FACTOR(S)
pilot in command - exercised poor judgment
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
weather - low ceiling
weather - obstructions to vision
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine
weather briefing - unknown/not reported
weather forecast - unknown/not reported
emergency circumstances - forced landing on airport/seaplane base/helipt.

Accident investigation:
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA74AM058
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson
NTSB

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