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Last updated: 13 November 2019
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 31 décembre 1972
Heure:19:23
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7CF
Compagnie:American Express Leasing
Immatriculation: N500AE
Numéro de série: 45130/823
Année de Fabrication: 1957
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:de San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU) (   Porto Rico)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Porto Rico
Aéroport de destination:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Détails:
The DC-7, 4193 lb (1902 kg) overloaded, entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed into the sea, after the no. 2 engine failed and the no. 3 engine lost power.
The engine failure resulted from inadequate maintenance and inspection and previous damage (taxiing accident Dec. 2, 1972). The Flight Engineer was unqualified for the DC-7.
Baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed in the accident. Clemente was on a relief mission to deliver supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - engine structure: master and connecting rods
powerplant - engine structure: cylinder assembly
powerplant - engine structure: piston,piston rings
miscellaneous acts,conditions - excessive-wear/play
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
FACTORS:
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: deficiency,company maintained eqpmt,services,regulation
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - previous damage
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Sources:
» Lawsuit (p.376-381)


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport et Managua Airport est de 2258 km (1412 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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