Date & Time: May 10, 1991 at 1120 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Aguadilla - Ponce
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The airplane sustained a partial loss of engine power on the left engine on takeoff climb due to the failure of the n°8 engine assembly cylinder. The airplane was observed by witnesses at 400 feet agl in a 20° left bank while maneuvering to return to the departure airport. The angle of bank increased to 60° with a noticeable decrease in airspeed while the airplane descended below 300 feet agl. The left wing dropped 90° to the left and the nose pitched down vertically. The airplane appeared to regain elevator authority and leveled out before encountering a secondary stall. The airplane collided with the terrain and was destroyed by post crash fire. Both pilots were killed.
The pilot in command's failure to maintain airspeed (VS) after a partial loss of engine power on the left engine due to failure of the n°8 engine assembly cylinder. This resulted in an in flight loss of control (stall), and in flight collision with terrain.