ASN Aircraft accident Howard 500 N721N Aruba [Caribbean Sea]
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 7 July 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Howard 500
Operator:Aggadir Ltd.
Registration: N721N
MSN: 500-102
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:55 km (34.4 mls) W off Aruba [Caribbean Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Atlanta (unknown airport), GA, United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale (unknown airport), FL, United States of America
The pilot reported an electrical failure and became lost. Following a flameout of both engines the aircraft was ditched in the sea off Aruba, about 2000 km SSE of Fort Lauderdale.

Probable Cause:

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

Loss of situational awareness
Electrical system problem



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