Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 1 August 1980
Time:16:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Operator:J. Rule
Registration: N45864
C/n / msn: 9304
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New Smyrna Beach, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, FL (KEVB), United States of America
Destination airport:Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport (AUA/TNCA), Aruba
Narrative:
The DC-3 lost directional control on take-off, struck a tree and caught fire. The pilot didn't have a type certificate and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0,15% and attempted a flight without a co-pilot.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - failed to maintain directional control
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
pilot in command - physical impairment
miscellaneous acts,conditions - alcoholic impairment of efficiency and judgment
FACTOR:
miscellaneous - unqualified person operated aircraft

Sources:
» NTSB


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