ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-749A Constellation (VC-121B) HI-328 Saint Thomas Airport (STT)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 26 October 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation (VC-121B)
Operator:Aerolineas Argo
Registration: HI-328
MSN: 2607
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W off Saint Thomas Airport (STT) (   U.S. Virgin Islands)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:Saint Thomas Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
The Constellation struck the sea while in right turn to runway 09. The aircraft had just performed a turn to avoid other traffic.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - misjudged altitude and clearance
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Near miss
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water



photo of Lockheed-L-749A-Constellation-HI-328
accident date: 26-10-1981
type: Lockheed L-749A Constellation
registration: HI-328

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 Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport to Saint Thomas Airport as the crow flies is 73 km (45 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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