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Accident
Last updated: 28 May 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 30 Mai 1947
Zeit:17:41
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-15-DO (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:Eastern Air Lines
Kennzeichen: NC88814
Werknummer: 18380
Baujahr: 1944
Betriebsstunden:3623
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 49 / Insassen: 49
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 53 / Insassen: 53
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3 km (1.9 Meilen) E of Bainbridge, MD (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), USA
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
Flugnummer:EA605
Unfallbericht:
Eastern Air Lines Flight 605 departed Newark Airport, New Jersey, USA at 17:04 for a domestic flight to Miami, Florida.
The DC-4 climbed to its assigned cruising altitude of 4000 feet and the crew made position reports at 17:10 and 17:27 hours.
About 17:41 witnesses saw the aircraft enter a steepening dive until it struck the ground at high speed in a partially inverted attitude. The aircraft impacted moderately to densely wooded area with trees 60-70 feet high.

The investigation of this accident was at the time the most intensive in the history of the Civil Aeronautics Board's Safety Bureau.
It was found that the empennage disintegrated during the dive but whether failure of the empennage and/or its controls was an effect or a cause of the dive was not discovered.

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."

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) - United States of America
status: Final
number: File No. 1 0049-47
released:30 June 1948
duration of investigation: 1 year and 1 months
download report: File No. 1 0049-47

Informationsquelle:
» 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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