Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 21 June 1973
Time:04:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7CF
Operating for:Warnaco Inc
Leased from:Skyways International
Registration: N296
C/n / msn: 45466/955
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:25827
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:16,5 km (10.3 mls) NW of Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:La Romana-Casa de Campo International Airport (LRM/MDLR), Dominican Republic
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into the Everglades 6 minutes after departing Miami runway 27L. The aircraft crashed in extremely heavy rainfall, wind and lightning. The DC-7 was owned by Skyways International and leased to Warnaco Inc. Transair would, on behalf of Warnaco, supply flight crew and perform maintenance on the plane.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of aircraft control, due either to turbulence or an in-flight fire or both. Inability of the crew to establish timely radio communications with the departure controller was a factor, because it delayed compliance with thunderstorm avoidance vectors"

Classification:
Thunderstorm
Loss of control

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-74-02
report released:27-FEB-1974
duration of investigation:251 days (8.4 months)
download report: Skyways International, Inc., Douglas DC-7C, N296, near the Miami Inter- national Airport, Dade County, Florida, June 21, 1973. (NTSB/AAR-74-02)
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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to La Romana-Casa de Campo International Airport as the crow flies is 1418 km (887 miles).

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