Accident description
Last updated: 21 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 19 July 2006
Time:ca 07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Tol Air Services
Registration: N782T
C/n / msn: 4382
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:32278
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT) (   U.S. Virgin Islands) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The DC-3 had delivered mail to Saint Thomas (STT) and was prepared for an empty flight back to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first officer was flying the airplane. The takeoff roll and rotation at 84 knots was uneventful until about 100 feet above the ground when the gear was called out to be retracted. At that time, the left engine's rpm dropped from 1,800 to 1,000. The captain stated he communicated to the first office "I have the plane". The left engine's propeller was selected for feathering. The airplane would not maintain altitude and airspeed. He instructed the first officer to confirm that the gear was retracted. The captain knew the airplane would not make it back to the airport and instructed the passengers to don their life vests and prepare for a ditching. The aircraft was ditched in the ocean and remained afloat. All occupants exited the airplane into a life raft.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The airplane's inability to maintain altitude for undetermined reasons, following a loss of power from the left engine."

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB id. MIA06LA125
» N782T dive site off St Thomas


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