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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 26 October 1981
Time:18:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation (VC-121B)
Operator:Aerolineas Argo
Registration: HI-328
C/n / msn: 2607
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W off Saint Thomas Airport (STT) (   U.S. Virgin Islands)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:Saint Thomas Airport (STT/TIST), U.S. Virgin Islands
Narrative:
The Constellation struck the sea while in right turn to runway 09. The aircraft had just performed a turn to avoid other traffic.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - misjudged altitude and clearance
FACTOR:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:
Near miss
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» NTSB


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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 Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport to Saint Thomas Airport as the crow flies is 73 km (45 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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