Accident description
Last updated: 23 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 30 July 1982
Time:06:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:Pronto Aviation Services
Registration: N102BL
C/n / msn: 32654/15906
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:18348
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:El Paso, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Narrative:
No.1 engine oil temperature was getting too high at 800 feet on climbout. The crew feathered the prop and tried to return to El Paso. A go-around was initiated due to an unsafe gear warning, but the DC-3 crash-landed in the desert.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
lubricating system .. no pressure
landing gear,gear indicating system .. undetermined
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
weather condition .. high density altitude
terrain condition .. rough/uneven
terrain condition .. loose gravel/sandy
terrain condition .. high vegetation

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from El Paso International Airport, TX to Tucson International Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 429 km (268 miles).

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