Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 17 November 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:S & H Aviation Sales
Registration: CF-FOL
C/n / msn: 14038/25483
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:E off St. Johns, NF, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:St. John's Airport, NF (YYT/CYYT), Canada
Narrative:
The pilot had to ditch the aircraft due to a double engine failure, caused by fuel exhaustion.

PROBABLE CAUSES: Pilot, inexperienced in transatlantic flights, didn't accept the forecaster's suggested route (to Goose Bay or Gander, because of much lower headwinds). The average ground speed during the flight had been 112km/h, while the crew expected to fly 150km/h.

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Ditching

Sources:
» Douglas DC-3 Production List (Issue no. 28)


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Distance from Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport to St. John's Airport, NF as the crow flies is 2554 km (1596 miles).

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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