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Last updated: 23 September 2018
Datum:Dienstag 23 Oktober 1984
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Fluggesellschaft:NewCal Aviation
Kennzeichen: N5488R
Werknummer: 216
Baujahr: 1964
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Sable Island (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal
Flug nach:St. John's Airport, NF (YYT/CYYT), Kanada
The DHC-4 ran out of fuel after losing all navigational aids and was forced to ditch into the North Atlantic Ocean.

Probable Cause:

Preflight planning/preparation..Poor..Pilot in command
Fuel consumption calculations..Inaccurate..Pilot in command
Contributing Factors:
Weather condition..Rain
Weather condition..Unfavorable wind
Anxiety/apprenhension..Pilot in command

» Aurora rendezvous with the past / Patrick Spiteri


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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 Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores to St. John's Airport, NF as the crow flies is 2523 km (1577 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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