NTSB Identification: LAX85FA240.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30263.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, May 04, 1985 in PERRIS, CA
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC3, registration: N157U
Injuries: 33 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT ENGINE CAUGHT FIRE DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL. THE PILOT MANAGED TO STOP THE AIRCRAFT ON THE RUNWAY AND ALL 31 SKYDIVERS AND THE TWO MEMBER CREW EVACUATED WITHOUT INJURY. THE LEFT ENGINE PROPELLER HAD LOST ONE BLADE WHICH WAS FOUND SEVERAL DAYS LATER 3000 FEET WEST OF THE WRECKAGE. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE FOUND TO SUBSTANTIATE COMPLIANCE WITH A MANDATORY AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE ON THE PROPELLER BLADE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPELLER SYSTEM/ACCESSORIES,BLADE..FAILURE,TOTAL

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPELLER SYSTEM/ACCESSORIES,BLADE..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,COMPLIANCE WITH AD..NOT OBTAINED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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