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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Friday 28 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49E (DC-3DST-144)
Operator:Executive Funds
Registration: ZS-DAK
C/n / msn: 1498
First flight: 1936
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Durban-Louis Botha Airport (DUR) (   South Africa)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Durban-Louis Botha Airport (DUR/FADN), South Africa
The no. 1 engine stopped when the DC-3 was turning onto final approach. The gear was raised. Shortly afterwards, the no. 2 engine also stopped. Fuel valve selectors were switched, but of no avail. The aircraft was turned towards the beach and was ditched successfully. One passenger (non-swimmer) drowned.

Fuel starvation


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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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