NTSB Identification: FTW83LA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21838.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 16, 1983 in BAY CITY, TX
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-3, registration: TGSAB
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE GUATEMALAN REGISTERED ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND WHILE AIRDROPPING BALES OF MARIJUANA ON A BEACH. ACCORDING TO A WITNESS, WHILE THE ACFT WAS MAKING LOW PASSES OVER THE BEACH THE PROPELLER STRUCK THE BEACH TEARING IT OFF THE ACFT. THE ACFT THEN CONTINUED ABOUT 600 FT & LANDED GEAR UP ON THE BEACH. THE CREW UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTEMPTED TO SET THE ACFT ON FIRE. SOB & INJURIES ARE PRESUMED.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

PROPELLER SYSTEM/ACCESSORIES..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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