Accident Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando HI-208,
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Date:Tuesday 8 February 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46D-5-CU Commando
Owner/operator:Aerolineas Argo
Registration: HI-208
MSN: 30685
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:off San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG) -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The propeller couldn't be feathered following an engine failure. The aircraft lost speed and altitude and had to be ditched before it could reach the airport.

pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - ignition system: ignition harness,shielding
powerplant - propeller and accessories: hydraulic pitch control mechanism
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
systems - electrical system: generators/alternators
systems - electrical system: batteries
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on water

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: MIA77FA028
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report




photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; San Juan-Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Puerto Rico (SJU); November 1976

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