Airplane Crash - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 12/28/1970

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


Date12/28/1970
Time14:42
LocationSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands
OperatorTrans Caribbean Airways
Flight #505
RouteNew York - St. Thomas
TypeBoeing B-727-2A7
RegistrationN8790R
Cn/In20240
Aboard55
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft experienced a hard landing which caused it to bounce. The crew executed a second touchdown which caused the main landing gear to fail. The aircraft veered off the right side of the runway, passed through the airport perimeter fence, crossed a paved highway and hit an embankment. Captain's use of improper techniques in recovering from a high bounce generated by a poorly executed approach and touchdown.

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