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Last updated: 18 September 2020
Datum:Freitag 1 August 1980
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:J. Rule
Kennzeichen: N45864
Werknummer: 9304
Baujahr: 1943
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:New Smyrna Beach, FL (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, FL (KEVB), USA
Flug nach:Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport (AUA/TNCA), Aruba
The DC-3 lost directional control on takeoff, struck a tree and caught fire. The pilot didn't have a type certificate and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0,15% and attempted a flight without a co-pilot.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - failed to maintain directional control
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
pilot in command - physical impairment
miscellaneous acts,conditions - alcoholic impairment of efficiency and judgment
miscellaneous - unqualified person operated aircraft



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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 New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, FL to Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport as the crow flies is 2147 km (1342 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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