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Status:Final
Date:Friday 27 April 1979
Time:01:16
Type:Howard 350
Operator:Triple D Transport Co.
Registration: N544B
MSN: 5267
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:27 km (16.9 mls) S off Guantanamo, Cuba [Caribbean Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft ditched in the Caribbean Sea after the pilots got lost. During last radio contact the crew reported that the navigational instruments were out.
The flight originated in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It's unknown if the flight made an en route stop before it went missing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
FACTOR:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - electrical failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:
Loss of situational awareness
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB
» The Lockheed Twins / P.J. Marsden


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