Accident description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 15 January 1977
Time:14:11
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277C
Operator:Air Sunshine
Registration: N73KW
C/n / msn: 2252
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Narrative:
The no. 1 engine failed shortly after taking off from runway 27L. The pilot attempted to land on runway 09R, but lost control and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - engine structure: cylinder assembly
miscellaneous acts,conditions - disconnected
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
pilot in command - delayed action in aborting takeoff
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
FACTORS:
weather - low ceiling
weather - rain
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine
weather briefing - briefing received-method unknown
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Key West International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 201 km (125 miles).

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