Airplane Crash - Cape May, New Jersey 12/12/1976

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Cape May, New Jersey


Date12/12/1976
Time23:26
LocationCape May, New Jersey
OperatorAtlantiCity Airlines
Flight #977
RouteAtlantiCity - Cap May
Typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
RegistrationN101AC
Cn/In262
Aboard10
Fatalities3
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed short of the runway in rain. Windshear. The aircraft's rate of descent and descent flight path angle increased as a result of windshear encountered during visual approach below minimum descent altitude. The flight crew did not recognize these flightpath deviations because they were relying on visual references which were degraded by non-homogeneous fog and on kinestheticues which were adversely affected by the aircraft's forward center of gravity resulting from the improperly loaded aircraft.

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