Narrative:The DC-6 was on its 4th attempt to land at New York-Idlewild when it struck the pier which supported the left row of runway 04 slope line approach lights. The aircraft crashed in flames and sank in Jamaica Bay. The aircraft was on a flight from Roma-Ciampino to New York via Milan, Paris, Shannon, Gander and Boston.
|Date:||Saturday 18 December 1954|
|Operator:||Linee Aeree Italiane - LAI|
|C/n / msn:|| 44418/487|
|First flight:|| 1954|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 22|
|Total:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 32 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Boston Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "An erratic approach which resulted in a descent to an altitude too low to avoid striking the pier. A contributing factor to this accident was pilot fatigue due to the particular and difficult circumstances."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (197-204)
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Distance from Boston Airport, MA to New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 298 km (186 miles).