ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3) N28889 Summerland Key, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 2 May 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Monroe County Mosquito Control District
Registration: N28889
MSN: 20520
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:10317
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Summerland Key, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Marathon-Florida Keys Airport, FL (MTH/KMTH), United States of America
Destination airport:Marathon-Florida Keys Airport, FL (MTH/KMTH), United States of America
Crashed into water after striking 40 feet high mangrove trees during a mosquito spray operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot-in-command to assure proper altitude and clearance was maintained above the terrain and trees. The trees and light condition at dusk were contributing factors."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: MIA89GA144
Download report: Summary report

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/90 (#19)


photo of Douglas-C-47A-N28889
accident date: 02-05-1989
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N28889


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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