ASN Aircraft accident Convair T-29B (CV-240) N355T Luquillo
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 22 May 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair T-29B (CV-240)
Operator:Dodita Air Cargo
Registration: N355T
MSN: 281
First flight: 1952
Total airframe hrs:14239
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Luquillo (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
The aircraft was in cruise flight at 3000 feet, 20 minutes after takeoff from St. Thomas, when the no. 1 engine temperature 100 degrees and the oil pressure started to fluctuate. The engine was shut down.
Passing Fajardo (Puerto Rico), the no. 2 engine started banging and quit producing power. The aircraft began to descend and was descending through 500 feet when the no. 1 engine was restarted. A forced landing was made to a beach coming to a complete stop in 5 feet of water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the aft master rod in the right engine, and failure of the front master rod bearing in the left engine, which resulted in a forced landing on a beach and a subsequent encounter with ocean water. "

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 131 days (4 months)
Accident number: MIA97LA174
Download report: Summary report

Forced landing outside airport

» NTSB Identification: MIA97LA174
» Scramble 217


photo of Convair-T-29B-N64725
accident date: 22-05-1997
type: Convair T-29B (CV-240)
registration: N64725

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 Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport to San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport as the crow flies is 108 km (68 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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