ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C TG-SAB Bay City, TX
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 16 January 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Registration: TG-SAB
MSN: 18978
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Bay City, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
While airdropping bales of marijuana at low altitude over a beach, a propeller struck the beach causing it to be torn off. The aircraft then continued about 600 feet and landed gear up on the beach. The crew (presumably 2 persons) unsuccessfully attempted to set the aircraft on fire.

Probable Cause:

Altitude .. misjudged .. pilot in command
Low pass .. performed .. pilot in command
Light condition .. dark night
Propeller system/accessories .. separation
Wheels up landing .. performed .. pilot in command

» NTSB id. FTW83LA093


photo of Douglas-DC-3-TG-SAB
accident date: 16-01-1983
type: Douglas DC-3
registration: TG-SAB
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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