Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 24 March 1967
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Amerine Turkey Breeding Farms
Registration: N54370
C/n / msn: 19220
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Fuel leaking from the APU ignited and set fire to cargo, causing an in-flight fire. An intentional wheels up emergency landing was carried out. The fuel leak resulted from inadequate maintenance and inspection.


PROBABLE CAUSES:
powerplant - fuel system: lines and fittings
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts, conditions - fire in cabin,cockpit,baggage compartment
miscellaneous acts, conditions - deteriorated

Sources:
» NTSB File 2-0106


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