Narrative:The DC-3 left Faleolo at 17:45 for a training flight. While descending back for Faleolo, a door was seen to separate from the aircraft, striking the tail. The DC-3 lost control and crashed into the sea.
|Date:||Wednesday 11 May 1966|
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
|C/n / msn:|| 13996/25441|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Apolima Strait (Samoa)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW/NSFA), Samoa|
|Destination airport:||Apia-Faleolo Airport (APW/NSFA), Samoa|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The in-flight opening and separation from the structure of the air-stair door which struck the aircraft's tail and so damaged it that uncontrollable pitch-down of the nose resulted in the aircraft diving into the sea."
» Douglas DC-3 Production List (Issue no. 28)
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Distance from Apia-Faleolo Airport to Apia-Faleolo Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.