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Accident description
Last updated: 22 May 2017
Date:Friday 30 May 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-15-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: NC88814
C/n / msn: 18380
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:3623
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) E of Bainbridge, MD (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flight 605 departed Newark (EWR) at 17:04 for a flight to Miami (MIA) and climbed to it's assigned cruising altitude of 4000 feet. At about 17:41 witnesses saw the aircraft enter a steepening dive until it struck the ground at high speed in a partially inverted attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a sudden loss of control, for reasons unknown, resulting in a dive to the ground."

Cause undetermined
Loss of control

» CAB File No. 1 0049-47


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1739 km (1087 miles).

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