Accident description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Date:Tuesday 25 March 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operator:Braniff International Airways
Registration: N5904
C/n / msn: 45072/793
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:3306
Engines: 4 Wright 988-TC18-EA1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) WNW of Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Flightnumber: 971
Shortly after takeoff from Miami a no. 3 engine fire forced the crew to return to the airport. Altitude was lost while in a right turn until the DC-7 crashed in an open marsh. The plane caught fire and disintegrated while skidding for a considerable distance.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to maintain altitude during an emergency return to the airport due to his undue preoccupation with an engine fire following takeoff."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (104-108)


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