Accident description
Last updated: 18 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 28 June 1971
Time:18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Lake Riverside Estates
Registration: N90627
C/n / msn: 4642
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shelter Cove, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shelter Cove Airport, CA, United States of America
Destination airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 wasn't able to gain height on take-off from the 3000 feet Shelter Cove runway. The wheels left the ground twice, but the aircraft touched down again 150 feet past the runway end. The undercarriage struck a transformer and the no. 1 engine struck the roof of a sewage disposal building. The DC-3 became airborne again and arched downward over the cliffs, into the ocean and crashed 150yds offshore. The pilot had failed to remove the rudder and elevator gust locks.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
FACTOR:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Sources:
» NTSB


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