Airplane Crash - Carmel, New York 12/04/1965

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Carmel, New York


Date12/04/1965
Time16:18
LocationCarmel, New York
OperatorTrans World Airlines / Eastern Air Lines
Flight #42 / 853
RouteBoston - Newark
TypeBoeing B-707-131B / L1049C Constellation
RegistrationN748TW/N6218C
Cn/In18387/286 / 4526
Aboard112
Fatalities4
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision at 11,000 feet. Misjudgment of altitude separation by the crew of EAL 853 because of an optical illusion created by the up-slope effect of cloud tops resulting in an evasive maneuver by the EAL 853 crew and a reactionary evasive maneuver by the TWA 42 crew. The 707 landed at JFK despite losing 25 feet of the left wing. There were no injuries to the crew of 7 and 51 passengers aboard the 707. Three of the 46 passengers and 1 crew member aboard EAL 853 were killed. Misjudgment of altitude separation by the crew of the Constellation because of an optical illusion created by the up-slope effect of cloud tops, resulting in an evasive maneuver by the Constellation crew and a reactionary evasive maneuver by the Boeing crew.

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