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Last updated: 26 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 28 décembre 1948
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-144 (DC-3)
Compagnie:Airborne Transport
Immatriculation: NC16002
Numéro de série: 1496
Année de Fabrication: 1936
Heures de vol:28257
Moteurs: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 29 / à bord: 29
Total:victimes: 32 / à bord: 32
Dégats de l'appareil: Disparu
Conséquences: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Lieu de l'accident:de Florida, USA [Gulf of Mexico] (   Océan Atlantique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Porto Rico
Aéroport de destination:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
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."

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


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre San Juan-Isla Grande Airport et Miami International Airport, FL est de 1663 km (1039 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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