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Date:Friday 10 April 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:Caribbean International Airways
Registration: VP-JBC
MSN: 18-2568
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kingston Airport (KIN) (   Jamaica)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kingston Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Destination airport:Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM/MWCR), Cayman Islands
An engine failed on takeoff. The aircraft managed to climb to 100-200 feet before entering a slight banking turn. The Lodestar crashed into the sea.
The owner of Caribbean International Airways, Owen Roberts, was killed in the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the port engine which in turn was due to the cracking of the Accessory Drive Gear. Thereafter the disaster must be attributed to the failure of the pilot to take precautionary steps on hearing the back firing, which, so far as he knew, might or might not have been a warning of possible engine failure."


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Distance from Kingston Airport to Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport as the crow flies is 502 km (314 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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