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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 25 maart 1958
Tijd:00:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Braniff International Airways
Registratie: N5904
Constructienummer: 45072/793
Bouwjaar: 1956
Aantal vlieguren:3306
Motoren: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18EA1)
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 24
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:5 km (3.1 mijl) WNW of Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Vluchtnummer: 971
Beschrijving:
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."

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


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Miami International Airport, FL en Panama City-Tocumen International Airport bedraagt 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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