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Last updated: 3 June 2020
Datum:woensdag 24 augustus 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Vloog voor:Quarterwinds Aviation
Gehuurd van:Caribbean Air Services
Registratie: N74689
Constructienummer: 32975
Bouwjaar: 1944
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:van Goyave (   Guadeloupe)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Dominica-Melville Hall Airport (DOM/TDPD), Dominica
Vliegveld van aankomst:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), Amerikaanse Maagdeneilanden
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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Dominica-Melville Hall Airport en Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport bedraagt 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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