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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Friday 30 July 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:Pronto Aviation Services
Registration: N102BL
MSN: 32654/15906
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:18348
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
No.1 engine oil temperature was getting too high at 800 feet on climbout. The crew feathered the prop and tried to return to El Paso. A go-around was initiated due to an unsafe gear warning, but the DC-3 crash-landed in the desert.

Probable Cause:

lubricating system .. no pressure
landing gear,gear indicating system .. undetermined
weather condition .. high density altitude
terrain condition .. rough/uneven
terrain condition .. loose gravel/sandy
terrain condition .. high vegetation

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: FTW82DA302
Download report: Summary report



photo of Douglas-C-47D-N102BL
accident date: 30-07-1982
type: Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
registration: N102BL

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from El Paso International Airport, TX to Tucson International Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 429 km (268 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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