ASN Aircraft accident Douglas R4D-6 (DC-3) N74Z Fort Walton Beach, FL, U.S.
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 1 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-6 (DC-3)
Operator:Evergreen Air
Registration: N74Z
MSN: 25954/14509
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:200 km (125 mls) S off Fort Walton Beach, FL, U.S. (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
The DC-3 transport plane ditched in the Gulf of Mexico when the pilot had become lost following electrical system failure.
The airplane ditched near the merchant marine steamship St. Mary.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - electrical failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Loss of situational awareness
Electrical system problem

» St. Petersburg Times - Oct 2, 1978


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