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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 14 July 1990
Time:16:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Operator:TPI International Airways
Registration: N4465F
C/n / msn: 1096
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport (AUA) (   Aruba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport (AUA/TNCA), Aruba
Destination airport:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY/MPTO), Panama
Narrative:
The no. 3 propeller gearbox failed, causing the prop to separate. A broken propeller blade struck the no. 4 propeller, which also separated. A propeller then crossed under the aircraft slicing through the fuselage, cables, hydraulics and pressure vessel, damaging the no. 2 engine.
The no. 2, 3 and 4 engines were shut down. An emergency landing was carried out at Aruba with no brakes, 10deg flaps and limited flight controls.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The in-flight loss of the nos 3 and 4 propellers and gearboxes for undetermined reasons. The failed components were not recovered from the Caribbean sea."

Classification:
Prop/turbine blade separation
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#79)
» NTSB
» Scramble Vol.12, nr. 05


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photo of Lockheed L-188CF Electra N4465F
N4465F operating for Spirit of America, one of the previous operators
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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 Aruba-Reina Beatrix Airport to Panama City-Tocumen International Airport as the crow flies is 1086 km (679 miles).

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