Airplane Crash - Blossburg, Pennsylvania 06/23/1967

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Blossburg, Pennsylvania


Date06/23/1967
Time13:47
LocationBlossburg, Pennsylvania
OperatorMohawk Airlines
Flight #40
RouteElmira - Washington DC
TypeBAC One Eleven 204AF
RegistrationN1116J
Cn/In098
Aboard34
Fatalities34
Ground0
SummaryThe flight crashed after an in-flight fire destroyed the pitch control systems. Incorrect installation of a valve caused hot air to ignite hydraulifluid. The fire resulted from engine bleed air flowing back through the malfunctioning non-return valve and an open air delivery valve, through the auxiliary power unit in a reverse direction, and exiting into the plenum chamber at temperatures sufficiently high to cause the acoustics linings to ignite.

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