NTSB Identification: LAX83FA310.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21624.
Scheduled 14 CFR PACIFIC AIR EXPRESS
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 1983 in KAHULUI, HI
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-4-C55B, registration: N300JT
Injuries: 3 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.

DURING ARRIVAL, A DESCENT WAS BEGUN FROM 8000 TO 7000 FT MSL AT 0151 HST. AT 0155 HST, THE AIRCREW WAS CLEARED FOR A VISUAL APCH FROM 7000 FT MSL & A RAPID DESCENT WAS STARTED WITH 20 DEG OF FLAPS & APRX 25 INCHES MAP (MANIFOLD PRESSURE). THE ACFT WAS MANEUVERED TO INTERCEPT THE ILS LOCALIZER & GLIDE SLOPE AS A REFERENCE. AFTER INTERCEPTING THE GLIDE SLOPE AT ABOUT 3000 FT, THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND (PIC) CALLED FOR 2250 RPM & GEAR EXTENSION. WHILE DESCENDING THRU APRX 2000 FT, HE NOTICED THE ACFT SLOWING DOWN & DESCENDING BELOW THE GLIDE SLOPE, SO HE CALLED FOR A POWER INCREASE TO 27 INCHES MAP. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE AIRCREW NOTED THAT THE ENGS WERE NOT RESPONDING & HAD LOST POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE IN A SUGAR CANE FIELD WITH THE GEAR IN A TRANSIENT POSITION. THE FUEL SELECTORS WERE FOUND POSITIONED TO FUEL TANKS CONTAINING FUEL, BUT THE POSITIONING DURING THE DESCENT WAS NOT VERIFIED. THE TEMP &DEW POINT WERE 72 & 65 DEG. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN BARELY WITHIN THE ENVELOPE FOR CARB ICE ON ICING PROBABILITY CHARTS.

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL SYSTEM,CARBURETOR..ICE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CARBURETOR ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,TWO OR MORE ENGINES..INOPERATIVE

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