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Last updated: 17 April 2019
Date:Monday 9 January 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Skycraft Air Transport
Registration: C-GSCA
C/n / msn: 27190/15745
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:17933
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Destination airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
The first two attempts to takeoff were abandoned due to slow aircraft performance. Takeoff was continued on the third attempt, but both engines lost power upon gear retraction. An attempt was made to make an emergency landing on a highway, but the left wing struck a pole. The aircraft crashed through a fence and struck a highway embankment.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Jet-A fuel had been used when refueling the aircraft, instead of 100LL Avgas.

» NTSB Identification: MKC84MA060


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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 Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO to Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON as the crow flies is 1043 km (652 miles).

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