ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3D N427W Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 12 June 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Operator:Bradley Aviation
Registration: N427W
MSN: 43073
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, FL (FXE/KFXE), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The DC-3 lifted off prematurely and climbed with the gear still extended. The plane eventually stalled and spun to the ground. The pilot didn't possess the required DC-3 type rating. The DC-3 had been imported from Panama but no certificate of airworthiness had been issued yet.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - premature lift-off
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.

Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Loss of control



photo of Douglas-DC-3D-N427W
accident date: 12-06-1979
type: Douglas DC-3D
registration: N427W
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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