Airplane Crash - Melbourne, Florida 07/13/1947

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Melbourne, Florida


Date07/13/1947
Time04:30
LocationMelbourne, Florida
OperatorBurke Air Transport
RouteNewark - Miami
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationNC79024
Cn/In9887
Aboard36
Fatalities14
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft, on a charter flight from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, crashed into a swamp while attempting to make an emergency landing. Loss of an engine due to a fuel flow problem led to loss of altitude and a crash landing. Six spark plugs in the right engine were found to be defective. A defect found in the carburetor may have contributed to excessive fuel loss. Crew fatigue contributed to the accident.

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