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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Friday 7 November 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:McNeely Charter Service
Registration: N59316
MSN: 18986
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:24516
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:West Memphis, AR (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), United States of America
Destination airport:West Memphis Municipal Airport, AR (AWM/KAWM), United States of America
Both engines quit on approach to West Memphis. A gear up landing was made on a sand bar in the Mississippi River. The no. 1 engine separated on impact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's improper management of fuel resulting in a total loss of engine power on both engines during an instrument approach due to fuel exhaustion. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 154 days (5 months)
Accident number: MIA98LA024
Download report: Final report

Fuel starvation
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport



photo of Douglas-C-47A-N59316
accident date: 07-11-1997
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: N59316

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS to West Memphis Municipal Airport, AR as the crow flies is 533 km (333 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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