ASN Aircraft accident Canadair C-54GM North Star CF-UXB Sarasota Airport, FL (SRQ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 17 September 1971
Type:Canadair C-54GM North Star
Operating for:Air Caicos
Leased from:Cavalier Aircraft Corporation
Registration: CF-UXB
MSN: 117
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:21674
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 622
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sarasota Airport, FL (SRQ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, FL (SRQ/KSRQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
The crew didn't get 'three greens' while trying to land at Miami. Even after a bounce touch-and-go, the left main gear remained in the up-position.
The pilot then flew to Sarasota where two more bounce touch-and-goes were made. The aircraft finally approached with props no. 1 and 4 feathered. At 500 feet the remaining engines were shut down; the DC-4M touched down and slid for 1800 feet on the grass.

Probable Cause:

airframe - landing gear: normal retraction/extension assembly
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
airframe - landing gear: emergency/extension assembly
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly installed
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
miscellaneous acts,conditions - intentional wheels-up

» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sep 18, 1971


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Distance from Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, FL to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 285 km (178 miles).

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