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Last updated: 23 May 2019
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 4 August 1972
Zeit:15:45
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-454
Fluggesellschaft:Mercer Airlines
Kennzeichen: N31538
Werknummer: 6317
Baujahr: 1942
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Point Mugu, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD), USA
Flug nach:Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA (BUR/KBUR), USA
Unfallbericht:
A component of the right engine fuel feed system failed causing the engine to lose power on climbout. The pilot decided to return to the airport and tried to extinguish the engine fire which had erupted. The extinguisher was inoperative, so he failed in his attempt. The DC-3 emergency landed, veered off the runway and was destroyed by fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - fuel system: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
systems - fire extinguishing system: powerplant
miscellaneous acts,conditions - erratic
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly secured
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

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Distance from Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, CA as the crow flies is 70 km (44 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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