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Last updated: 3 June 2020
Datum:Mittwoch 24 August 1977
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Betrieben durch:Quarterwinds Aviation
Gemietet von :Caribbean Air Services
Kennzeichen: N74689
Werknummer: 32975
Baujahr: 1944
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Goyave (   Guadeloupe)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Dominica-Melville Hall Airport (DOM/TDPD), Domenica
Flug nach:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX),
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."


photo of Curtiss-C-46D-Commando-N74689
accident date: 24-08-1977
type: Curtiss C-46D Commando
registration: N74689

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).

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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