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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Sunday 23 March 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Atorie Air
Registration: N37AP
MSN: 4430
First flight: 1942
Total airframe hrs:13201
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Steins, NM (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), United States of America
Destination airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
While en route between Phoenix and El Paso, the left engine of the C-47 lost partial power as a result of a cracked cylinder. The crew stated the left engine was shut down and additional power was applied to the right engine to compensate for the increasing rate of descent. Shortly afterwards the right engine started running rough and a forced landing was made.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
engine assembly,cylinder..cracked
aircraft performance,two or more engines..inoperative
Contributing Factors:
precautionary landing..performed..pilot in command

Forced landing outside airport



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Distance from Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ to El Paso International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 554 km (346 miles).

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