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Status:Final
Date:Saturday 15 January 1977
Time:14:11
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-277C
Operator:Air Sunshine
Registration: N73KW
MSN: 2252
First flight: 1940
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Narrative:
The no. 1 engine failed shortly after taking off from runway 27L. The pilot attempted to land on runway 09R, but lost control and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - engine structure: cylinder assembly
miscellaneous acts,conditions - disconnected
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
pilot in command - delayed action in aborting takeoff
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
FACTORS:
weather - low ceiling
weather - rain
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine
weather briefing - briefing received-method unknown
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Sources:
» NTSB


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photo of Douglas-DC-3-277C-N73KW
accident date: 15-01-1977
type: Douglas DC-3-277C
registration: N73KW
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Key West International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 201 km (125 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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