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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Dienstag 28 Dezember 1948
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-144 (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Airborne Transport
Kennzeichen: NC16002
Werknummer: 1496
Baujahr: 1936
Betriebsstunden:28257
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 29 / Insassen: 29
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 32 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Vermisst
Konsequenzen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Florida, USA [Gulf of Mexico] (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG),
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
Unfallbericht:
The DC-3 departed San Juan for Miami with some known problems in the electrical system and nearly discharged batteries. Takeoff clearance was given provided that the crew contacted San Juan Tower after take off to file an IFR flight plan. This was not done. The aircraft continued to Miami however at 8500 feet cruising altitude. Last radio contact was with New Orleans at 04:13 when the pilot reported 50 miles South of Miami. Nothing more was heard from the flight. It is thought that the aircraft had already passed Florida at the Keys and was flying west over the Gulf of Mexico until fuel became exhausted. Radio contact was probably no longer possible due to electrical problems and exhausted batteries.

Two bodies were found, 80-90 km south off Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on January 4, 1949. Newspaper reports at the time suggested that these may have been passengers on the missing DC-3. This was not confirmed however.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board lacks sufficient information in this case to determine the probable cause."

Informationsquelle:
» El Tiempo 5 January 1949, p8
» CAB File No. 1-0118
» The Bermuda Triangle Mystery- Solved / L.D. Kusche


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Distance from San Juan-Isla Grande Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1663 km (1039 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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2702nd loss
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