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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Friday 5 March 1965
Time:10:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18 Learstar I
Operator:Fruehauf Inc.
Registration: N300N
C/n / msn: 18-2137
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:3777
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Pontiac Airport, MI (PTK/KPTK), United States of America
Narrative:
Nosed down from a height of 300 feet on takeoff and crashed. Elevator trim tab system problems.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Systems-excessive nose down elevator trim-cause unknown"

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Pontiac Airport, MI as the crow flies is 1886 km (1179 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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