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Last updated: 21 September 2018
Datum:Donnerstag 25 Oktober 1973
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A
Fluggesellschaft:Span East Airlines
Kennzeichen: N614SE
Werknummer: 45064/688
Baujahr: 1956
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Biscayne Bay, FL (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO/SYCJ), Guayana
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
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:

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
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-4 engines



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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 Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 3157 km (1973 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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