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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 28 January 1961
Time:12:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-123
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N7502A
C/n / msn: 17629/8
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3C-6
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) W off Montauk Point, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA1502
Narrative:
Flight 1502, a Boeing 707 named "Flagship Oklahoma", departed New York International Airport for a pilot training flight. Last radio contact was at 11:57, 57 minutes after takeoff. In clear weather, some 23 minutes later the plane was seen in a left-wing low steep dive. The Boeing crashed in the ocean just off Montauk Point. At that moment the flight crew were probably carrying out either an engine shut down and airstart, a canyon approach (requiring 30deg of flaps, which was the probable flap setting when the plane struck the sea), or en route 2 engine climb manoeuvres.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of control for an undetermined reason."

Classification:
Loss of control

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