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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Monday 31 October 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:FBN Flying Service
Registration: N44896
MSN: 9665
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:40694
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 155 m (509 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Laredo International Airport, TX (LRD/KLRD), United States of America
Destination airport:McAllen-Miller International Airport, TX (MFE/KMFE), United States of America
Magneto problems caused a delay in departure and the pilot decided to fly to McAllen for further repairs.
Takeoff was aborted immediately when a fire was discovered in the cargo/cabin area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fuselage fire - Reason for occurrence undetermined."

» NTSB Identification: FTW84FA038


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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 Laredo International Airport, TX to McAllen-Miller International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 193 km (121 miles).

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