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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 23 June 1969
Time:15:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic CARV model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
Operator:Dominicana de Aviacion
Registration: HI-168
C/n / msn: 16/10485
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ/MDSD), Dominican Republic
Flightnumber: 401
Narrative:
Immediately after Flight 401 passed over the end of runway 12 following takeoff, heavy white smoke was seen emitting from the no. 2 engine and black puffs of smoke were seen coming from the no. 4 engine. The crew elected to return to the airport. The aircraft reached an altitude of about 300 feet and a left turn toward runway 27 was made. The Carvair lost height and crashed into buildings 1 mile short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The confused action on the part of the crew while attempting to cope with the catastrophic failure of an engine during takeoff."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-70-17
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» NTSB-AAR-70-17


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photo of Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair EC-AXI
EC-AXI was sold to Dominicana in 1969 and crashed later that year at Miami.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport as the crow flies is 1357 km (848 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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