Airplane Crash - Pago Pago, American Samoa 01/30/1974

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Pago Pago, American Samoa


Date01/30/1974
Time23:41
LocationPago Pago, American Samoa
OperatorPan American World Airways
Flight #806
RouteAuckland - Pago Pago
TypeBoeing B-707-321B
RegistrationN454PA
Cn/In19376/661
Aboard101
Fatalities96
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed and burned while making ILS approach to Pango Pango International Airport. There was a failure of the crew to correct an excessive rate of descent causing the aircraft to fly into trees short of the runway. Windshear, sensory illusory, inadequate monitoring of flight instruments, and the failure of the crew to call out descent rate. Most aboard the aircraft were not injured by the crash but succumbed to fire and paniafterwards. The aircraft was named Clipper Raidant.

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