Airplane Crash - Near Charlotte, North Carolina 09/11/1974

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Charlotte, North Carolina


Date09/11/1974
Time07:34
LocationNear Charlotte, North Carolina
OperatorEastern Air Lines
Flight #212
RouteCharleston, SC - Charlotte, NC - Chicago, IL
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
RegistrationN8984E
Cn/In47400/443
Aboard82
Fatalities70
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft flew too low and struck trees 3.3 miles short of the runway during an approach in fog. Flightcrew's lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline in that the crew did not follow prescribed procedures. The crewmembers were preoccupied with conversations having nothing to do with the operating the aircraft while conducting an instrument approach. The aircraft was 50 knots too fast and 500 feet below the final approach fix.

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