Airplane Crash - St. Croix, Virgin Islands 07/24/1979

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - St. Croix, Virgin Islands


Date07/24/1979
Time09:22
LocationSt. Croix, Virgin Islands
OperatorPrinair
Flight #610
RouteSt. Croix - St. Kitts
Typede Havilland DH-114 Heron
RegistrationN575PR
Cn/In14125
Aboard21
Fatalities8
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft attained a nose-high attitude and pitched up shortly after taking off. The pilot's loss of control of the aircraft after takeoff because of the aircraft's grossly overweight and out-of-balance condition which resulted from misloading by the company's load control personnel. The misloading was due to the failure of the company to supervise and enforce its loading procedures.

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