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Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 1 October 1978
Time:17:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-6 (DC-3)
Operator:Evergreen Air
Registration: N74Z
C/n / msn: 25954/14509
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:200 km (125 mls) S off Fort Walton Beach, FL, U.S. (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
The DC-3 transport plane ditched in the Gulf of Mexico when the pilot had become lost following electrical system failure.
The airplane ditched near the merchant marine steamship St. Mary.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - electrical failure
FACTOR:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:

Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB
» St. Petersburg Times - Oct 2, 1978


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