ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3A N19428 West Palm Beach, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 27 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operating for:Shawnee Airlines
Leased from:Florida National Airways
Registration: N19428
MSN: 11648
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near West Palm Beach, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO), United States of America
Destination airport:West Palm Beach International Airport, FL (PBI/KPBI), United States of America
Flightnumber: 103
Both engines lost power as a result of fuel exhaustion. A forced landing on a road was carried out. The pilot had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with a truck. The airplane sustained substantial damage.
The aircraft was owned by Florida National Airways and leased to Shawnee Airlines for the Christmas period.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - inattentive to fuel supply
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
pilot in command - diverted attention from operation of aircraft
pilot in command - failed to see and avoid objects or obstructions
miscellaneous - evasive maneuver to avoid collision
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

» The Palm Beach Post - Dec 29, 1973
» The Crash Of Shawnee Airlines Flight 103


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Distance from Orlando International Airport, FL to West Palm Beach International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 227 km (142 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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