ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3) N54370 Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 24 March 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Amerine Turkey Breeding Farms
Registration: N54370
MSN: 19220
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Fuel leaking from the APU ignited and set fire to cargo, causing an in-flight fire. An intentional wheels up emergency landing was carried out. The fuel leak resulted from inadequate maintenance and inspection.

Probable Cause:

powerplant - fuel system: lines and fittings
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
miscellaneous acts, conditions - fire in cabin,cockpit,baggage compartment
miscellaneous acts, conditions - deteriorated

» NTSB File 2-0106


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