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Last updated: 17 March 2019
Date:Sunday 26 April 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Four Star Air Cargo
Registration: N136FS
C/n / msn: 10267
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:19952
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
A Douglas DC-3, N136FS, operated by Four Star Air Cargo, was substantially damaged after experiencing a cockpit fire during taxi at San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico. The four crewmembers were not injured.
According to an FAA inspector, the airplane was taxiing to the runway when the pilots observed a fire emanating from behind the instrument panel. As the pilots were shutting down the engines, they became overwhelmed with fire and smoke, and quickly exited the airplane along with the two cargo handlers. The fire subsequently consumed a large portion of the airplane before it was extinguished.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "Worn electrical wires and a fuel pressure indicating system hose, which resulted in a ground fire during taxi."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 197 days (7 months)
Accident number: ERA09LA266
Download report: Summary report


» Se incendia avión justo antes de despegar en aeropuerto LMM (Primera Hora, 26-4-2009)


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Distance from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Saint Thomas-Cyril E. King 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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