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Status:Final
Date:Friday 2 March 1973
Time:18:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Arute International Air
Registration: N6574
MSN: 4388
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Salvador Airport (ZSA) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:San Salvador Airport (ZSA/MYSM), Bahamas
Narrative:
The pilot did not notice the windsock on the airport of San Salvador and landed downwind. The airplane overran the runway and ended up in the water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - selected wrong runway relative to existing wind
pilot in command - misjudged distance and speed
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: wet runway
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - downwind
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB File 6-0016


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to San Salvador Airport as the crow flies is 609 km (380 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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