NTSB Identification: MKC84MA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23879.
Accident occurred Monday, January 09, 1984 in ST. LOUIS, MO
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-3C, registration: CGSCA
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER LANDING, THE PLT-IN-COMMAND (PIC) PLACED A REFUELING ORDER TO FILL THE ACFT'S TWO 210 GAL MAIN TANKS FOR A RETURN FLT TO TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. AFTER THE CARGO WAS UNLOADED & THE ACFT WAS REFUELED, THE AIRCREW ABORTED THE 1ST 2 ATTEMPTS TO TAKEOFF DUE TO SLOW ACFT PERFORMANCE. ENG RUN-UPS WERE PERFORMED AFTER EACH ABORT & REPORTEDLY, THE ENGS CHECKED NORMAL. AFTER THE 2ND ABORTED TAKEOFF, THE AIRCREW CALLED THE FBO & REQUESTED THAT THE REFUELER BE ASKED WHAT TYPE OF FUEL WAS ADDED. THE RESPONSE WAS '100LL AVGAS.' ON THE 3RD ATTEMPT TO DEPART, THE ACFT TOOK OFF, BUT BOTH ENGS LOST POWER AS THE LANDING GEAR WAS RETRACTED. THE AIRCREW SELECTED A HIGHWAY ON WHICH TO LAND. HOWEVER, THE LEFT WING HIT A UTILITY POLE, THEN THE ACFT WENT THRU A FENCE & HIT A HIGHWAY EMBANKMENT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT JET-A FUEL HAD BEEN ADDED TO THE ACFT RATHER THAN 100LL FUEL. THE TRUCK CONTAINING JET-A FUEL LOOKED SIMILAR TO THE ONE WITH 100LL AVGAS, BUT WAS PROPERLY DESIGNATED WITH FUEL GRADE MARKINGS.

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

FLUID,FUEL..IMPROPER

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

MAINTENANCE,SERVICE OF AIRCRAFT/EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..FBO PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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