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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 21 December 1955
Time:03:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N112A
C/n / msn: 2533
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:29941
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (749C18BD1) Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Jacksonville-Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Jacksonville-Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport, FL, United States of America
Flightnumber:EA642
Narrative:
Crashed and caught fire while on a runway 05 ILS approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight encountered local fog and restricted visibility during the final portion of an ILS approach, and a missed approach procedure came too late to prevent the aircraft from descending into ground obstructions."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (215-220)
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (22-26)


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Jacksonville-Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport, FL as the crow flies is 528 km (330 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Lockheed L-749

  • 145 built
  • 16th loss
  • 12th fatal accident
  • 9th worst accident (at the time)
  • 12th worst accident (currently)
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