Airplane Crash - New York, New York 11/30/1962

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - New York, New York


Date11/30/1962
Time21:45
LocationNew York, New York
OperatorEastern Air Lines
Flight #512
RouteCharlotte - New York City
TypeDouglas DC-7B
RegistrationN815D
Cn/In45084/711
Aboard51
Fatalities25
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft was 1,000 ft past the ILS touchdown point and at an altitude of 25 ft. when a loss of visual reference caused the crew to abandon their approach. The landing gear was retracted, 20 degrees flaps selected and climb power applied. At 3,500 ft. from the threshold, in a 6 degree left bank and speed of 135 knots the No. 1 and 2 propellers struck the ground. The aircraft hit a mound of earth and broke up. Crew failed to follow approved procedures. Technique employed by the crew during abandonment of the approach under fog conditions that were not adequately reported.

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