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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Friday 26 October 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Atorie Air
Registration: N3433U
MSN: 43087
First flight: 1946
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Due to low oil pressure and high oil temperature the right engine was secured. During the precautionary landing, gear extension was delayed until aprx 800 ft agl. Since the right engine powers the only hydraulic pump, a landing gear down and locked condition was not possible by the normal means. As the gear were extended and hydraulic pressure began to decrease the pilot realized that normal gear extension would not occur. The altitude of the aircraft precluded the emergency extension of the landing gear. Shortly after touchdown on runway 26L the right main landing gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

ground loop/swerve..inadvertent..pilot in command
gear extension..delayed..pilot in command
gear down and locked..not attained..pilot in command
engine assembly..undetermined

Contributing factors:
engine instruments,oil pressure gage..pressure too low
engine instruments,oil temperature gage..overtemperature

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 years and 4 months
Accident number: FTW85LA029
Download report: Summary report



photo of Douglas-DC-3C-N3433U
accident date: 26-10-1984
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: N3433U


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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