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Last updated: 24 January 2022
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Montag 26 Oktober 1959
Zeit:ca 20:30
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Fluggesellschaft:Pacific Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N67589
Werknummer: 19656
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:24865
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 17
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 20
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:2,4 km (1.5 Meilen) N of Santa Maria Airport, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Santa Maria Airport, CA (KSMX), USA
Flug nach:Paso Robles Airport, CA (PRB/KPRB), USA
Flugnummer: 308
Unfallbericht:
Pacific Air Lines flight 308 was a domestic service between Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with intermediate stops at Oxnard, Santa Maria, and Paso Robles, California. The DC-3 took off from Santa Maria's runway 17 at 20:18 hours local time.
A few seconds after the first power reduction following takeoff, a loud explosion was heard and fire was seen in the left engine. The left propeller was immediately feathered, the engine was shut off, and appropriate power was applied to the right engine. At the time this happened the aircraft was at an approximate altitude of 550 feet m.s.l., or 300 feet above the ground. Shortly after this the fire was observed to be out; however, the airplane began to buffet, buffeting became so severe that the aircraft lost altitude and the captain was forced to make an emergency landing about 1-1/2 miles north of the airport. The copilot died in the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines the probable cause of this accident was that following the failure of the left engine, the left engine's ring cowl was deformed causing a buffeting and drag condition which made sustained flight impossible. A contributing factor was the scheduling of the aircraft by the company when there should have been reasonable doubt concerning the airworthiness of an engine."



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Distance from Santa Maria Airport, CA to Paso Robles Airport, CA as the crow flies is 87 km (54 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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