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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 20 July 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A
Operator:Kimex Inc
Registration: N43865
C/n / msn: 44657/623
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) (   Jamaica)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Gainesville-J R Alison Municipal Airport, FL (GNV/KGNV), United States of America
Destination airport:Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Narrative:
The DC-6A cargo plane crashed into sea in about 10 feet of water while on the second approach to Kingston Airport (KIN), Jamaica. The first approach had to be abandoned when the plane came in too high.
The airplane carried a load of eggs from Gainesville, FL (GNV).

Sources:
» The Virgin Islands Daily News - Jul 23, 1979


Photos

photo of Douglas C-118A 53-3286
This C-118 was withdrawn from use and stored at Davis Monthan in May 1975. It was bought by Atlas Aircraft Corp. as N43865 one year later, converted to DC-6A and sold to Kimex in November 1977.
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Gainesville-J R Alison Municipal Airport, FL to Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport as the crow flies is 1411 km (882 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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