Airplane Crash - Charleston, West Virginia 08/10/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Charleston, West Virginia


Date08/10/1968
Time07:57
LocationCharleston, West Virginia
OperatorPiedmont Airlines
Flight #230
RouteCincinnati - Charlston, WV
TypeFairchild-Hiller FH-227B
RegistrationN712U
Cn/In557
Aboard37
Fatalities35
Ground0
SummaryCrashed on approach to Kanawha County Airport in poor visibility. The aircraft was being operated under VFR when it entered a shallow fog overlying the approach lights. Unrecognized loss of altitude orientation during the final portion of the approach into shallow, dense fog. Disorientation caused by rapid reduction in the ground guidance segment available to the pilot at a point beyond which a go-around could not be initiated.

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