Fine Air Flight 101

aviation accident

Fine Air Flight 101 was a scheduled cargo flight from Miami International Airport, in Miami, Florida, to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On August 7, 1997 the Douglas DC-8 crashed into a road (72nd Avenue) at 28th Street, in Miami near the airport. There were four people on the plane but only three bodies were found hours after the crash.[1] Two people on the ground were reported to be injured.[1] One person was killed while driving a vehicle.[2]

Fine Air Flight 101
Fine Air McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61F N27UA.jpg
The Fine Air Douglas DC-8 that crashed
DateAugust 7, 1997 (1997-08-07)
SummaryLoss of control on take-off due to improper aircraft loading
SiteMiami International Airport, Miami, Florida, United States
25°48′1″N 80°18′47″W / 25.80028°N 80.31306°W / 25.80028; -80.31306Coordinates: 25°48′1″N 80°18′47″W / 25.80028°N 80.31306°W / 25.80028; -80.31306
Total fatalities5
Total injuries2 (on ground)
Aircraft typeDouglas DC-8-61F
OperatorFine Air
Flight originMiami International Airport
DestinationLas Américas International Airport
Ground casualties
Ground fatalities1
Ground injuries2

The probable cause was the airplane was the cargo being loaded too far to the back of the plane.[3] Combined with an incorrect stabilizer trim setting, the aircraft pitched up too far at takeoff.[3] Witnesses said the plane looked like it was going to flip backwards as it took off.[1] The plane, weighing 141 tonnes (139 long tons; 155 short tons), struggle to an altitude of 544 feet (166 m).[2] Then it fell back to the ground, tail first.[2] When the plane hit the ground it broke apart and caught fire.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mireya Navarro (August 8, 1997). "3 Are Killed as Cargo Plane Crashes in Miami". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ken Kaye (November 7, 1997). "Tape Reveals Terror Of Cargo Jet Crash". SunSentinel. Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network (ASN). Retrieved January 31, 2017.

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