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Crash of a Douglas DC-3C in Miami

Accident description

  • Dec 23, 1947
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Cargo
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Raleigh – Miami
  • Miami, Florida
  • USA
  • North America
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • The crew was performing a cargo flight from Raleigh to Miami and while reaching Melbourne, Florida, he was informed by ATC that Miami Airport was closed to traffic due to poor weather conditions. For same reason, the alternate airport West Palm Beach was closed and the crew was advised to divert to Key West or Tampa. Few minutes later, the captain informed ATC that he was short of fuel and started the approach to Miami in low visibility. During the last turn to join the approach path, the right engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft stalled and crashed. Both crew members were injured while the aircraft was written off.
  • The fuel consumption was higher than expected by the fact that the aircraft was overloaded, and its total weight was 800 kg above the maximum takeoff weight when it left Raleigh Airport. In addition, both pilots were tired and had far exceeded their maximum working time, which remains a contributing factor.