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Accident
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Dienstag 25 März 1958
Zeit:00:06
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Fluggesellschaft:Braniff International Airways
Kennzeichen: N5904
Werknummer: 45072/793
Baujahr: 1956
Betriebsstunden:3306
Triebwerk: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA1)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 19
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 24
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:5 km (3.1 Meilen) WNW of Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
Flug nach:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Flugnummer: 971
Unfallbericht:
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.

The no.3 engine's no.11 cylinder had failed 3 inches above the mounting flange.

Probable Cause:

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."

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


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1850 km (1156 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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