Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 28 March 1981
Time:15:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-1-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Caribbean Air Cargo
Registration: N98AS
C/n / msn: 10431
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off St. Croix (   U.S. Virgin Islands) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI/TBPB), Barbados
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
The no. 3 engine caught fire. The fire was extinguished and the prop feathered. The DC-4 then suffered control difficulties and had to be ditched as a consequence. The aircraft sank after 45 minutes.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
miscellaneous - undetermined
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB


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