Airplane Crash - Everglades National Park, Florida 12/29/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Everglades National Park, Florida


Date12/29/1972
Time23:42
LocationEverglades National Park, Florida
OperatorEastern Air Lines
Flight #401
RouteNew York City - Miami
TypeLockheed L-1011 TriStar1
RegistrationN310EA
Cn/In1011
Aboard176
Fatalities103
Ground0
SummaryThe crew was preoccupied with a landing gear problem and was trying to replace the landing gear light while on autopilot and in a holding pattern. As the captain got up to help, he inadvertently pushed on the yoke releasing the autopilot. With no ground reference and under nighttime conditions, the aircraft gradually descended until it crashed into Everglades, 18.7 miles west-northwest of Miami . The failure of the crew to monitor the flight instruments during the final 4 minutes of flight, and to detect a descent soon enough to prevent impact with the ground. After spare parts from the L-1011 were used on other planes, apparitions of the captain, Robert Loft and flight engineer, Don Repo began to be reported by Eastern employees. The book 'The Ghost of Flight 401'and movies 'The Ghost of Flight 401' and 'Crash' are based on this accident. Three passengers and one crew member died in weeks following the accident making the total 103.

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