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Last updated: 23 September 2021
Datum:Freitag 8 August 1975
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Rich International Airways
Kennzeichen: N4873V
Werknummer: 22415
Baujahr: 1945
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:0,8 km (0.5 Meilen) NW vom Land entfernt von Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN) (   Puerto Rico)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:St. Petersburg International Airport, FL (PIE/KPIE), USA
Flug nach:Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ),
Both engines stopped producing power short of Aguadilla. The engines were secured and the crew ditched the C-46 off Borinquen Airport in 15 m deep water. The aircraft hadn't been refueled at St. Petersburg. The aircraft carried 9000 lb (4082 kg) of dynamite.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate preflight preparation; improper in-flight decisions or planning and mismanagement of the fuel system."

» Flight International 21 August 75 (246)


photo of Curtiss-C-46F-Commando-N4873V
accident date: 08-08-1975
type: Curtiss C-46F Commando
registration: N4873V

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 St. Petersburg International Airport, FL to Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport as the crow flies is 1889 km (1181 miles).

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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