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Last updated: 20 January 2022
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 28 december 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DST-144 (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Airborne Transport
Registratie: NC16002
Constructienummer: 1496
Bouwjaar: 1936
Aantal vlieguren:28257
Motoren: 2 Wright R-1820-G102A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 29 / inzittenden: 29
Totaal:slachtoffers: 32 / inzittenden: 32
Schade: Vermist
Gevolgen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Plaats:van Florida, USA [Gulf of Mexico] (   Atlantische Oceaan)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Vliegveld van aankomst:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
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."

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


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen San Juan-Isla Grande Airport en Miami International Airport, FL bedraagt 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

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2702e ongeval
  • 902e dodelijk ongeval
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 29e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Atlantische Oceaan
  • 2e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 17e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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