Date & Time: Jul 21, 1972 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (DC-3)
Landing (descent or approach)
Panama City - Oranjestad
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While on a cargo flight from Panama City to Oranjestad, Aruba, the crew reported a smell of burning in the cabin and elected to divert to Pivijay Airport for an emergency landing. After touchdown on a 850 meters long runway, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance and overran. It struck a perimeter fence and came to rest in a field. While both pilots were unhurt, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Forced landing on airport following smell of burning in flight. The source of the fire could not be determined. It was reported that the crew landed too far down the runway, causing the braking distance to be insufficient.