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Last updated: 17 December 2018
Date:Wednesday 24 August 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operating for:Quarterwinds Aviation
Leased from:Caribbean Air Services
Registration: N74689
C/n / msn: 32975
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Goyave (   Guadeloupe)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dominica-Melville Hall Airport (DOM/TDPD), Dominica
Destination airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
The aircraft was carrying oranges and bananas from Dominica to Saint Croix when the no. 1 engine misfired. The engine was throttled back and stopped a short while later. A drop in oil pressure then forced the pilot to reduce power on the remaining engine. The aircraft started to descent and was ditched offshore.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Engine failure with low oil pressure. Failure of the second engine consequent on a prolonged increase in power, necessitated by the failure of the first engine. The proximity of the coast and the presence of a DC-3 in flight ensured a favourable outcome, whilst the pilot had made a perfect ditching."

All engine powerloss


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Dominica-Melville Hall Airport to Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport as the crow flies is 441 km (275 miles).

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