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Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 5 December 1978
Time:05:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53 (DC-3)
Operator:Caribe Air Sales
Registration: N25656
MSN: 4845
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lorida, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Sebring Air Terminal, FL (SEF/KSEF), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The pilot commenced the takeoff with the gust locks engaged. The aircraft, which was also overloaded, crashed and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
FACTORS:
pilot in command - attempted operation beyond experience/ability level
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.

Sources:
» NTSB


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