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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Date:Tuesday 22 July 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Borinquen Air
Registration: N27PR
C/n / msn: 11776
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-202A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Juan (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Saint Kitts-Golden Rock Airport (SKB/TKPK), St. Kitts and Nevis
A no. 2 engine failure forced the crew to return to runway 10 and was on a right downwind leg when the propeller was stopped. The DC-3 descended, turned to base leg at a low altitude and crashed into a lagoon in a right vertical bank.

Probable Cause:

Airspeed .. inadequate .. pilot in command>
Aircraft handling .. improper .. pilot in command
Terrain condition .. water, rough
Engine assembly,ring .. failure, total
Comm/nav equipment, transmitter .. failure, total
Engine assembly, bearing .. failure, total
Engine assembly, master rod .. failure, total"

» Aviation Letter 238
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/88 (#44)


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Distance from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Saint Kitts-Golden Rock Airport as the crow flies is 367 km (230 miles).

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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