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DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:23 pm

In late 1992 a DC-7C cargo plane ditched into the Atlantic Ocean south of Ft.Lauderdale.I think it was leaving MIA for Hati or Dominican Repeblic. Can anyone fill me in on the ditching into the ocean,How was it removed from the ocean? Im sure the plane had to be broken up.Who was the original operator of this DC-7C?
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:35 pm

Here's the original article from the Sentinel Sun which answers some of your questions.

Cargo Plane Ditches In Ocean Dc-7c Flying Without Certification Loses 2 Of 4 Engines
By ARDY FRIEDBERG, MICHAEL E. YOUNG and KEN KAYE
November 7, 1992

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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:39 pm

Here is the NTSB incident report: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/br...ef.aspx?ev_id=20001211X16081&key=1
Here is a news article from the time: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/199...2280223_1_cargo-crew-members-plane

It was operated by an Dominican airline called Aero Tin, who apparently had no authority to fly to the US.
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:41 pm

The NTSB report says the wreckage was removed approx 2 weeks later but doesn't say how.

http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/br...ef.aspx?ev_id=20001211X16081&key=1
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:09 pm

Quoting doulasc (Thread starter):
Who was the original operator of this DC-7C?

Sabena (OO-SFB).


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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:54 am

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 3):
The NTSB report says the wreckage was removed approx 2 weeks later but doesn't say how.

I also noted the NTSB report indicated corrosion from 2 weeks of submersion at 50%.
That seems incredibly fast, or was that trying to imply the plane was in bad shape before ditching?


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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:06 am

Quoting okie (Reply 5):

Both. Salt water really does a number on older planes, but it was probably not in the best shape to begin with.

Another issue is how many times they managed to fly out of MIA/US without certification, and if it can/will happen again. Or has without anyone's knowledge.
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:05 pm

I used to see this DC7C coming and going all the time in MIA. When it finally "went in the drink", I flew my plane over the wreckage in shallow water and you could see most of it from the air and the vertical stabilizer was sticking out of the water as was the top of the fuselage. At the time, there were still 4 or 5 DC7C's either based at MIA or flying in and out of MIA but 2 of those 5 were grounded at F.A. Connor's ramp so only 3 were airworthy. The last to leave was good old Trans-Air-Link's former KLM DC7C when they re-based elsewhere. I knew we had it good spotting at MIA but now it seems almost like a dream!
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:02 pm

Quoting UA787DEN (Reply 6):
Another issue is how many times they managed to fly out of MIA/US without certification, and if it can/will happen again. Or has without anyone's knowledge.

The incident was over 20 years ago. Aero Tin, to my knowledge, ceased operations.
 
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:43 pm

The article states the aircraft dropped fuel at a very low altitude. Would the fuel still be in liquid form? I would hate to be standing beneath it at the time.

Quoting catiii (Reply 8):
The incident was over 20 years ago. Aero Tin, to my knowledge, ceased operations.

I believe UA787DEN was referring to the possibility of another operator doing the same thing.
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RE: DC-7C Ditches In Atlantic Ocean 1992

Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:16 pm

Quoting okie (Reply 5):
That seems incredibly fast,

Skin of aircraft oxidized amazingly fast.

A few years ago (2006 I think) an L-29 went into Table Bay, Cape Town.

The wreckage was removed the next day, but most of the wing skin was oxidized away already. Only the paint kept the profile of the wings.

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