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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 9 September 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-6 (DC-3)
Operator:Carib West Airways
Registration: 8P-AAC
C/n / msn: 26362/14918
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 10 km NE of Basse-Terre (   Guadeloupe)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Port of Spain-Piarco Airport (POS/TTPP), Trinidad and Tobago
Destination airport:Dominica-Melville Hall Airport (DOM/TDPD), Dominica
Narrative:
A DC-3 cargo plane, 8P-AAC, was destroyed when it struck a mountain on Guadeloupe, killing both pilots.
The airplane operated on a cargo flight from Port of Spain (POS), Trinidad to Dominica (DOM). Because the flight was delayed, it could not land at Dominica because the airport was closed. The crew decided to divert to Pointe-à-Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP), Guadeloupe.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Area 52: decouverte avion DC3 dans le massif de la Souffriere Guadeloupe


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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 Port of Spain-Piarco Airport to Dominica-Melville Hall Airport as the crow flies is 548 km (342 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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