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Status:Final
Date:Saturday 4 May 1985
Time:19:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-313D
Operator:Perris Valley Paracenter
Registration: N157U
MSN: 4132
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:42950
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-GC
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Perris, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Perris Valley Airport, CA, United States of America
Destination airport:Perris Valley Airport, CA, United States of America
Narrative:
On takeoff the no. 1 propeller lost a blade, causing the engine to be torn from its mounts. The takeoff was rejected. The left engine propeller had lost one blade which was found several days later 3000 feet west of the wreckage. There was no evidence found to substantiate compliance with a mandatory airworthiness directive on the propeller blade.

Probable Cause:

Probable causes:
propeller system/accessories,blade..failure,total
propeller system/accessories,blade..separation
Contributing Factors:
maintenance,compliance with AD..not obtained..company maintenance personnel

Sources:
» NTSB id LAX85FA240


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