The loss of one of Europe's few remaining airworthy Douglas DC-3s off the Netherlands on 25 September was caused by an engine-oil leak, say Dutch aviation authorities. The DC-3 was owned by the Dutch Dakota Association.

The pilot was unable to feather the propeller of the failing engine and lost control, crashing the aircraft into the Wadden sea, a shallow stretch of water separating the island of Texel from the Dutch mainland, killing 26 passengers and its crew of six.

The aircraft had taken off from Texel island for the return leg of a scenic flight to and from its Amsterdam Schiphol base. The Dutch Government has questioned the further operation of vintage aircraft in the Netherlands.

Source: Flight International