Date & Time: Oct 16, 1969 at 0835 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 18 LodeStar
Johnston R. Staples
Miami-Opa Locka – St Petersburg
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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The crew was completing a ferry flight from Miami-Opa Locka Airport to a maintenance facility based in St Petersburg. This was the first flight for maintenance. En route, smoke spread in the cockpit and the crew was forced to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crash landed in flames in a prairie located in Golden Gate, northeast of Naples.
In-flight fire and smoke forced the crew to attempt an emergency landing. Fuel leak from undetermined source. Fumes in cabin. The aircraft exploded on ground.