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Accident description
Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Friday 7 November 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:McNeely Charter Service
Registration: N59316
C/n / msn: 18986
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:24516
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:West Memphis, AR (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), United States of America
Destination airport:West Memphis Municipal Airport, AR (AWM/KAWM), United States of America
Both engines quit on approach to West Memphis. A gear up landing was made on a sand bar in the Mississippi River. The no. 1 engine separated on impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's improper management of fuel resulting in a total loss of engine power on both engines during an instrument approach due to fuel exhaustion. "


All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport



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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 Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS to West Memphis Municipal Airport, AR as the crow flies is 533 km (333 miles).

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