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Last updated: 16 July 2018
Fecha:viernes 24 febrero 1978
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operador:West Indies Air Transport
Registración: N6103C
Numéro de série: 44103/392
Año de Construcción: 1953
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU) (   Puerto Rico)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
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:

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
airframe - landing gear: normal retraction/extension assembly

» 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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