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Last updated: 25 September 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 12 december 1972
Tijd:22:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registratie: N788TW
Constructienummer: 18713/378
Bouwjaar: 1964
Aantal vlieguren:29715
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:TW669
Beschrijving:
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:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 141 days (5 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-1973-11
Download report: Final report


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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
 

Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD en New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY bedraagt 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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