Airplane Crash - Albany, New York 03/03/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Albany, New York


Date03/03/1972
Time20:48
LocationAlbany, New York
OperatorMohawk Airlines
Flight #405
RouteNew York City - Albany, NY
TypeFairchild-Hiller FH-227-B
RegistrationN7818M
Cn/In541
Aboard48
Fatalities16
Ground1
SummaryThe aircraft was on final approach to Albany County Airport in light snow and two miles visibility, when the pilot reported a malfunctioning left propeller cruise pitch lock. The captain ordered the engine shut down but the crew was unsuccessful in feathering the prop and the plane began to lose altitude. The plane crashed 4 miles short of the runway into a two-family house killing one man. Malfunction of the cruise pitch lock. Inability of the crew to feather the left propeller, in combination with the descent below the minimum approach altitude. The reason for the malfunction and inability to feather the prop remains undetermined.

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