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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 8 August 1975
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Rich International Airways
Registration: N4873V
C/n / msn: 22415
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) NW off Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:St. Petersburg International Airport, FL (PIE/KPIE), United States of America
Destination airport:Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
Both engines stopped producing power short of Aguadilla. The engines were secured and the crew ditched the C-46 off Borinquen Airport in 15 m deep water. The aircraft hadn't been refueled at St. Petersburg. The aircraft carried 9000 lb (4082 kg) of dynamite.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate preflight preparation; improper in-flight decisions or planning and mismanagement of the fuel system."

Classification:
Fuel starvation
All engine powerloss
Ditching

Sources:
» Flight International 21.08.75 (246)


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Distance from St. Petersburg International Airport, FL to Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport as the crow flies is 1889 km (1181 miles).

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