ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54B-1-DC (DC-4) N98AS St. Croix
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 28 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-1-DC (DC-4)
Operating for:Caribbean Air Cargo
Leased from:Tuky Air Transport
Registration: N98AS
MSN: 10431
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off St. Croix (   U.S. Virgin Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI/TBPB), Barbados
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
The no. 3 engine caught fire. The fire was extinguished and the prop feathered. The DC-4 then suffered control difficulties and had to be ditched as a consequence. The aircraft sank after 45 minutes.

Probable Cause:

miscellaneous - undetermined
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water




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