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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 261857
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Time:06:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC95 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51
Owner/operator:Eastern Airlines
Registration: N405EA
MSN: 47688/799
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Philadelphia, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Destination airport:Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft was seen taking off on a taxiway by personnel in the control tower. The take-off occurred just before twilight in the morning. The runway had white centreline markings, white edge lighting, and white markings. The taxiway had yellow markings and green centreline lighting. The pilot said he remembered white centreline lighting. The co-pilot said he saw the centreline lights and believed they were white.
Probable Cause: "The flight crew of EAL121 taking off on a taxiway. Contributing was failure of the flight crew of EAL121 to maintain an adequate visual lookout during taxi and takeoff."


ICAO Adrep 3/94

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-May-2021 12:45 harro Added
19-May-2021 13:46 harro Updated

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