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Accident
Last updated: 19 August 2017
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 30 mei 1947
Tijd:17:41
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-15-DO (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Eastern Air Lines
Registratie: NC88814
Constructienummer: 18380
Bouwjaar: 1944
Aantal vlieguren:3623
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 49 / inzittenden: 49
Totaal:slachtoffers: 53 / inzittenden: 53
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) E of Bainbridge, MD (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:EA605
Beschrijving:
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: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: File No. 1 0049-47
Download report: Final report

Bronnen:
» CAB File No. 1 0049-47


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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 Newark International Airport, NJ en Miami International Airport, FL bedraagt 1739 km (1087 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Douglas DC-4

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  • 65e ongeval
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 Verenigde Staten
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