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Last updated: 28 September 2021
Datum:Freitag 6 Mai 1977
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Inter Air
Kennzeichen: N355W
Werknummer: 22523
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:0,3 km (0.2 Meilen) vom Land entfernt von Fort Lauderdale, FL (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), USA
Flug nach:Miami (unknown airport), FL, USA
An overheated no. 2 engine caused a loss of power. The pilot wasn't able to keep the prop feathered and had to ditch the aircraft in 15 feet of water, 300 m offshore. The aircraft was carrying 3 Enstrom helicopters to San Juan with an enroute stop at Miami.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - propeller and accessories: governors
powerplant - ignition system: magnetos
miscellaneous acts,conditions - excessive-wear/play
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine



photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N355W
accident date: 06-05-1977
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N355W
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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