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Accident description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 24 February 1978
Time:08:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:West Indies Air Transport
Registration: N6103C
C/n / msn: 44103/392
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
The undercarriage had to be recycled prior to landing in order to obtain a down and locked indication. The right main gear was still retracted, however. Despite a warning from the tower controller, the crew continued to land. The DC-6 veered off the runway and ended up in a drainage ditch, 4300 feet from the runway threshold and 200 feet to the right of the centerline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - failed to assure the gear was down and locked
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
FACTOR:
airframe - landing gear: normal retraction/extension assembly

Classification:
Wheel(s) up landing
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Aviation News 17.03.1978


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport as the crow flies is 1672 km (1045 miles).

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