Accident description
Last updated: 21 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 2 January 1978
Time:08:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-201D
Operator:Aero Virgin Islands (AVI)
Registration: N15598
C/n / msn: 2258
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,3km N off Río Grande Municipality (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Thomas Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
The no. 1 engine failed 12 miles east of San Juan. While securing the engine, a loss of power on the no. 2 engine occurred. The pilot was forced to ditch the DC-3 1000 feet offshore.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - inattentive to fuel supply
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel starvation
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
FACTORS:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: inadequate supervision of flight crew
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate inspection of aircraft (maintenance personnel)
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB


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