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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 14 February 1971
Time:14:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Patterson McCarthy Leasing
Registration: N14273
C/n / msn: 7366
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Shawnee, OK (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shawnee Municipal Airport, OK (SNL/KSNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Shawnee Municipal Airport, OK (SNL/KSNL), United States of America
Narrative:
Following a runway 35 takeoff for an 8-minute sightseeing flight, the no. 1 engine failed on crosswind leg. The prop was feathered and the remaining engine set to METO power 35 inches with 2350 rpm. When the aircraft lost height and started vibrating, power was set to 40in. and 2450 rpm. The aircraft continued to descent, so a forced landing had to be made. The right wing struck trees and a pond dam.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - ignition system: spark plug
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

Sources:
» NTSB


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