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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Wednesday 14 September 1960
Time:08:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N6127A
C/n / msn: 1117
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:1573
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 76
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) (   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-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA361
Narrative:
The Lockheed's main gear struck a dyke while approaching New York-La Guardia.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the pilot to properly plan and execute the approach to a landing. Factors which may have contributed where the shortened runway and the unmarked upper portion of the dyke."



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Distance from Boston Airport, MA to New York-La Guardia Airport, NY as the crow flies is 295 km (184 miles).

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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