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Accident description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 25 October 1973
Time:00:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A
Operator:Span East Airlines
Registration: N614SE
C/n / msn: 45064/688
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Biscayne Bay, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO/SYCJ), Guyana
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-6 left Georgetown for a cargo flight to Miami. One hour short of Miami the no. 3 fuel tank seemed to loose fuel. Fuel was lost at a fast rate and the aircraft was not able to reach Miami. When both no. 1 and no. 4 engines had lost power, the pilot decided to ditch into Biscayne Bay.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - fuel system: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - inattentive to fuel supply
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-4 engines

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 3157 km (1973 miles).

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