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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 12 diciembre 1972
Hora:22:56
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331C
Operador:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registración: N788TW
Numéro de série: 18713/378
Año de Construcción: 1964
Horas Totales de la Célula:29715
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Carga
Aeropuerto de Salida:Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:TW669
Descripción:
A TWA 707-331C, N788TW, operating as Flight 669, crashed during an ILS approach in IFR conditions at John F. Kennedy International Airport, at 22:56 on 12 December 1972. The three crewmembers escaped without injury; there were no passengers on board. The airplane was on a Cat II autoland approach when the flight crew allowed the airplane to descend below the glideslope, and the aircraft struck approach light bars mounted on a wooden pier. The airplane continued on to the runway, but departed to the right, traveling approximately 2,600 feet before coming to a stop, facing the opposite direction. Both main landing gear and all four engines separated from the aircraft during the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain did not maintain a safe descent path by visual external reference during an instrument landing system approach."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 141 days (5 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-1973-11
Download report: Final report


Fotos

photo of Boeing-707-331C-N788TW
accident date: 12-12-1972
type: Boeing 707-331C
registration: N788TW
photo of Boeing-707-331C-N788TW
accident date: 12-12-1972
type: Boeing 707-331C
registration: N788TW
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 293 km (183 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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