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Last updated: 29 January 2020
Date:Thursday 1 October 1942
Time:ca 09:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-39 (DC-2)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 38-524
C/n / msn: 2081
First flight: 1939
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) NW of Coamo (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Juana Díaz-Losey AAF, Puerto Rico
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Slammed into a hill at high speed, about 60 m below the crest (~18.1749N 67.3875W) ,with engines running roughly. The throttles were found jammed in the closed position. Pilot Francis H. Durant.
PROBABLE CAUSE: attempted emergency landing in a small valley...unknown malfunction...low of the hills in clouds.

» Military Aviation Disasters/David Gero, p21/22
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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Distance from Juana Díaz-Losey AAF to San Juan-Isla Grande Airport as the crow flies is 65 km (41 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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