ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) YV-C-AKU Caracas Airport (CCS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 1 December 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: YV-C-AKU
MSN: 4581
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Caracas Airport (CCS) (   Venezuela)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Caracas Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Engine problems following takeoff forced the crew to return to Maiquetia Airport. During the attempt to return, the DC-3 struck Playa Grande hill.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by an overspeeding propeller followed by failure of the starboard engine."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 62-AN/57 (217-218)


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