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Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:dimanche 15 septembre 1957
Heure:20:46
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53-DO (DC-3)
Compagnie:Northeast Airlines
Immatriculation: N34417
Numéro de série: 7337
Année de Fabrication: 1942
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 10 / à bord: 21
Total:victimes: 12 / à bord: 24
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:New Bedford, MA (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Martha's Vineyard Airport, MA (MVY/KMVY), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:New Bedford Airport, MA (EWB/KEWB), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 285
Détails:
Northeast Flight 285 departed Martha's Vineyard for a flight to New Bedford at 20:19. After 19 minutes the crew contacted New Bedford at the start of the descent out of 4000 feet. The controller then passed on weather information to the crew: indefinite 200, obscuration; visibility 1 mile; fog; wind southeast 3; altimeter 30.02. The flight was immediately cleared for a straight in approach and landing at runway 05. Last radio contact was when the crew reported inbound over the outer marker. The DC-3 struck 2 45-50 feet high trees, some 4000 feet short of the runway. The right wing separated on impact, causing the aircraft to roll to the right, cutting a swath through a dense growth of trees until the stub right wing dug into the soft swamp floor. The aircraft cartwheeled until the left engine struck a large tree stump, causing the fuselage to break in two. The wreckage came to rest 600 feet past the point of initial contact with the trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot attempted to make a visual approach by descending prematurely in the approach area without adherence to the prescribed ILS approach procedure which was dictated by existing weather conditions."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (166-172)


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Martha's Vineyard Airport, MA et New Bedford Airport, MA est de 42 km (26 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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