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Last updated: 18 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 23 October 1984
Time:03:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:NewCal Aviation
Registration: N5488R
C/n / msn: 216
First flight: 1964
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:360 km (225 mls) ESE off Sable Island, NL, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal
Destination airport:St. John's Airport, NL (YYT/CYYT), Canada
Narrative:
The DHC-4 ran out of fuel after losing all navigational aids and was forced to ditch into the North Atlantic Ocean.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Preflight planning/preparation..Poor..Pilot in command
Fuel consumption calculations..Inaccurate..Pilot in command
Contributing Factors:
Weather condition..Rain
Weather condition..Unfavorable wind
Anxiety/apprenhension..Pilot in command

Classification:
Fuel exhaustion
Ditching

Sources:
» Aurora rendezvous with the past / Patrick Spiteri


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Distance from Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores to St. John's Airport, NL as the crow flies is 2523 km (1577 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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