Airplane Crash - Boston, Massachusett 10/04/1960

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Boston, Massachusett


Date10/04/1960
Time17:40
LocationBoston, Massachusett
OperatorEastern Air Lines
Flight #375
RouteBoston - Philadelphia
TypeLockheed 188A Electra
RegistrationN5533
Cn/In1062
Aboard72
Fatalities62
Ground0
SummaryA few seconds after becoming airborne, the aircraft struck a flock of starlings. A number of these birds were ingested in engines No. 1, 2, and 4. Engine No. 1 was shut down and its propeller was feathered. Engines No. 2 and 4 experienced a substantial momentary loss of power. This abrupt and intermittent loss and recovery of power resulted in the aircraft yawing to the left and decelerating to the stall speed. As speed decayed during the continued yaw and skidding left turn, the stall speed was reached; the left wing dropped, the nose pitched up, and the aircraft rolled left into a spin and fell almost vertically into the water. An altitude of less than 150 feet precluded recovery.

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