Accident
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 16 Dezember 1960
Zeit:10:33
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
Fluggesellschaft:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Kennzeichen: N6907C
Werknummer: 4021
Baujahr: 1952
Betriebsstunden:21555
Triebwerk: 4 Wright R-3350 (975C18CB1)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 39 / Insassen: 39
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 44 / Insassen: 44
Opfer des Zusammenstoßes:Todesopfer: 84
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Miller Army Air Station, NY (   USA) show on map
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Columbus-Port Columbus International Airport, OH (CMH/KCMH), USA
Flug nach:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), USA
Flugnummer: 266
Unfallbericht:
TWA Flight 266, a Lockheed Constellation, departed Port Columbus Airport at 09:00 bound for New York-LaGuardia Airport. Around the same time, at 09:11, United Air Lines Flight 826 departed Chicago O'Hare Airport. The flight was carried out by DC-8 N8013U and was bound for New York-Idlewild Airport.
At approximately 10:12 New York Air Route Traffic Control Center was contacted by United Flight 826. The ARTCC controller cleared the flight down to FL250. At 10:15 New York Center advised "United 826, clearance limit is Preston Intersection via Jet 60 Victor to Allentown direct to Robbinsville, via Victor 123 maintain flight level 250." Ten minutes later New York Center offered a short cut "826 cleared to proceed on Victor 30 until intercepting Victor 123 and that way to Preston. It'll be a little bit quicker." This new routing shortened the distance to the Preston Intersection by approximately 11 miles. The flight was then cleared down to FL110. At 10:30, United 826 was cleared to "descend to and maintain 5,000 feet." This was acknowledged and 826 reported leaving 14,000 feet. The Center then asked, "Look like you'll be able to make Preston at 5,000?" The answer was that they would try. At 10:32 the Center controller stated "United 826, if holding is necessary at Preston, southwest one minute pattern right turns ... the only delay will be in descent." One minute later he instructed Flight 826 to contact Idlewild Approach Control. The flight was supposed to have held at the Preston intersection until approach clearance had been obtained from the Approach controller. The DC-8 however had already proceeded past the Preston intersection, heading down the V123 airway towards Miller Army Air Station on Staten Island. The crew were not aware of this and reported to the Approach controller that they were " approaching Preston at 5,000."
At the same time, the TWA Lockheed Constellation was also heading in the direction of Miller Army Air Station, while preparing for a runway 04 ILS approach at LaGuardia Airport. The flight was descending to 5,000 feet when it was advised of "traffic at 2.30, six miles northeast-bound", which was the United DC-8. At 10:33.14, LaGuardia Approach Control issued clearance to continue descent to 1,500. At 10:33, LaGuardia Approach Control advised. "...that appears to be jet traffic off your right now 3 o'clock at one mile, northeast-bound."
At an altitude of approximately 5,200 feet amsl the no. 4 engine of the United DC-8 sliced open the top of the fuselage of the Constellation. The Constellation broke in three sections and crashed in flames on Staten Island, Miller Army Air Station. The DC-8 continued for another 13,5 km before crashing in a residential area of Brooklyn, killing 5 people on the ground.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "United Flight 826 proceeded beyond its clearance limit and the confines of the airspace allocated to the flight by Air Traffic Control. A contributing factor was the high rate of speed of the United DC-8 as it approached the Preston Intersection, coupled with the change of clearance which reduced the en route distance along Victor 123 by approximately 11 miles."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 64-AN/58 (314-328)


Fotos

photo of
Flight paths of United 826 and TWA 266.
Add your photo of this accident or aircraft
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Columbus-Port Columbus International Airport, OH to New York-La Guardia Airport, NY as the crow flies is 763 km (477 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.
languages: English Français Nederlands Deutsch Espanol

Share
Share

Lockheed L-1049

  • 43rd loss
  • 564 built
  • 6th worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
  • 7th worst accident (Momentan)
safety profile

 USA
  • 23rd worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
  • 70th worst accident (Momentan)
»safety profile