Airplane Crash - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 04/27/1976

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands


Date04/27/1976
Time15:10
LocationSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands
OperatorAmerican Airlines
Flight #625
RouteNew York City - Saint Thomas
TypeBoeing B-727-95
RegistrationN1963
Cn/In19837/499
Aboard88
Fatalities37
Ground0
SummaryAfter touching down 2,200 feet down the runway, a go-around procedure was initiated. When there was no acceleration felt, the throttles were closed again. After attaining a nose-up attitude of 11 degrees, the aircraft ran off the end of the runway and struck a localizer antenna. The wingtip then clipped a hillside, the aircraft hit an embankment, went airborne and contacted the ground bursting into flames. The captain's actions and his judgement in initiating a go-around manoeuver with insufficient runway remaining after a long touchdown.

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