Accident description
Last updated: 23 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 4 October 1960
Time:17:40
Type:Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N5533
C/n / msn: 1062
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 67
Total:Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 72
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1 km E off Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America
Destination airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 375
Narrative:
A few seconds after taking off from runway 05, the Electra struck a flock of starlings. A number of these birds were ingested in engine no.1, 2 and 4. Engine no. 1 was shut down and the prop feathered. Shortly after that the no. 2 and 4 engines experienced a substantial momentary loss of power. This caused the plane to yaw to the left and decelerate to stall speed. The left wing then dropped, the nose pitched up and the L-188 rolled left into a spin and fell almost vertically into the water.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The unique and critical sequence of the loss and recovery of engine power following bird ingestion, resulting in loss of airspeed and control during takeoff. "

Classification:
Bird strike
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero


Follow-up / safety actions
The FAA started a research programme to improve tolerance of turbine engines to bird ingestion.

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Distance from Boston-Logan International Airport, MA to Philadelphia International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 447 km (279 miles).

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