Accident
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 30 november 1954
Tijd:11:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Northeast Airlines
Registratie: N17891
Constructienummer: 11745
Bouwjaar: 1943
Aantal vlieguren:26000
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Totaal:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 7
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:21 km (13.1 mijl) SE of Berlin Airport, NH (BML) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Laconia Municipal Airport, NH (LCI), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Berlin Airport, NH (BML), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 792
Beschrijving:
Northeast Airlines Flight 792 originated at Boston, Massachusetts, for Berlin, New Hampshire, with stops at Concord and Laconia, New Hampshire.
Departure from Laconia was on schedule at 10:39. The IFR flight proceeded at a cruising altitude of 8000 feet towards Berlin.
At 11:03 the flight called the company station at the Berlin Airport and asked for local weather. The station agent immediately gave the 10:45 observation: Estimated 3,000 feet overcast; visibility 2-1/2 miles; light snow showers. The agent then made a special weather observation at 11:10 which added scattered clouds at 2,300 feet to the previous weather information. Airport minimums at Berlin were a 2,300 ft ceiling and 2 miles visibility. This information was acknowledged by the crew.
Meanwhile the flight was descending to get beneath the overcast for a straight-in approach. The captain was able to recognize visual references on the ground until the moment the flight entered overcast. The airplane impacted the snow-covered southern slope of Mount Success, 100 feet below the top, at an elevation of
3,440 feet.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "A pre-mature and unauthorized instrument descent to an altitude that did not permit terrain clearance.."

Bronnen:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (180-184)


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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 Laconia Municipal Airport, NH en Berlin Airport, NH bedraagt 112 km (70 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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