ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-188A Electra N6102A Knoxville-Mc Ghee Tyson Airport, TN (TYS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 6 August 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N6102A
MSN: 1019
First flight: 1958-11-09 (3 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:6947
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Knoxville-Mc Ghee Tyson Airport, TN (TYS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Knoxville-McGhee Tyson Airport, TN (TYS/KTYS), United States of America
The Electra plane veered off the right side of runway 04L while landing in high winds associated with a thunderstorm. It then struck the raised edge of a taxiway that was under construction, causing the right hand main gear to separate.
At the time of the accident surface wind at touchdown was variable from north to northwest at 35 knots with peak gusts to 40 knots. In addition there was moderate turbulence and heavy rain. The captain had been warned about these conditions prior to and during the approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of directional control as a result of the improper technique employed in a crosswind landing in adverse weather conditions."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (43-46)


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Distance from Memphis Municipal Airport, TN to Knoxville-McGhee Tyson Airport, TN as the crow flies is 545 km (341 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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