Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 21 September 1978
Time:12:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277C
Operator:Argosy Airlines
Registration: N407D
C/n / msn: 2244
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), United States of America
Destination airport:Havana-JosÚ MartÝ International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Flightnumber: 902
Narrative:
Argosy Airlines Flight 902 was operated by DC-3 N407D. The aircraft was to fly to Cuba to pick up 21 US citrus growers who were there on tour.
At 11:24 Flight 902 was cleared to taxi out from the Walkers Cay Jet Center to runway 09L for takeoff. At 11:29 they lifted off from Fort Lauderdale. Weather was fine as the DC-3 reached the cruising altitude of 6000 feet. At 12:25 the flight emerged on Havana's radar scopes, but the air traffic controller could not read any of the messages from the flight due to static. A high altitude plane relayed the messages to Havana and at 12:35 the messages became loud and clear. Eight minutes later the plane disappeared off the radar screens. The search for wreckage was called off at September 24.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "Undetermined."

Classification:
Cause undetermined
Missing

Sources:
» Bermuda Triangle Mystery web site
» NTSB


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Distance from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL to Havana-JosÚ MartÝ International Airport as the crow flies is 409 km (256 miles).

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