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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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)
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:

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"

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 251 days (8 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-74-02
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Thunderstorm
Loss of control

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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).
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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