Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 4 August 1972
Time:15:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-454
Operator:Mercer Airlines
Registration: N31538
C/n / msn: 6317
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Point Mugu, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD), United States of America
Destination airport:Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA (BUR/KBUR), United States of America
Narrative:
A component of the right engine fuel feed system failed causing the engine to lose power on climbout. The pilot decided to return to the airport and tried to extinguish the engine fire which had erupted. The extinguisher was inoperative, so he failed in his attempt. The DC-3 emergency landed, veered off the runway and was destroyed by fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - fuel system: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
systems - fire extinguishing system: powerplant
miscellaneous acts,conditions - erratic
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly secured
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA as the crow flies is 70 km (44 miles).

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