Unfallbericht:The Constellation lost power on all 4 engines and had to make a wheels-up landing as a result. Improper transfer of fuel caused starvation. This occurred as a result of inadequate maintenance and inspection (the fuel pump circuit breaker was corroded). Inadequate flight supervision and improper emergency procedures were causal factors.
|Datum:||Sonntag 5 August 1973|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Happy Hour Air Travel Club|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Tamarac, FL (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Landung (LDG)|
|Flug von:||Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO/MYGF), Bahamas|
|Flug nach:||St. Petersburg International Airport, FL (PIE/KPIE), USA|
pilot in command - inadequate supervision of flight
personnel - flight engineer: improper use of equipment
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel starvation
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
miscellaneous acts,conditions - intentional wheels-up
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate inspection of aircraft (maintenance personnel)
powerplant - fuel system: pumps
systems - electrical system: protective devices
miscellaneous acts,conditions - corroded/corrosion
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 4 engines
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 Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport to St. Petersburg International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 420 km (262 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.