Descripción del Accidente ASN 15 FEB 1961 Boeing 707-329 OO-SJB - Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU)
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:mircoles 15 febrero 1961
Hora:10:05
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-329
Operador:Sabena
Registración: OO-SJB
Numéro de série: 17624/92
Año de Construcción: 1959
Horas Totales de la Célula:3038
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 11 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 61 / Ocupantes: 61
Total:Fatalidades: 72 / Ocupantes: 72
Víctimas en Tierra:Fatalidades: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:3 km (1.9 milles) NE of Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU) (   Bélgica)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Bélgica
Número de Vuelo:SN548
Descripción:
Sabena flight SN548 was a transatlantic service from New York to Brussels, Belgium. The Boeing 707-300 was on a long approach to runway 20 when, near the runway threshold and at a height of 900 feet, power was increased and the gear retracted. The plane made three 360 degrees turns to the left and climbed to 1500 feet. During these turns the bank angle increased more and more until the aircraft was in a near vertical bank. The wings then leveled, followed by an abrupt pitch up. The 707 lost speed, started to spiral rapidly towards the ground nose down, crashed and caught fire.

Among the victims were all eighteen members of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team, as well as sixteen other people who were accompanying them. The ground casualty was a farmer who was struck by debris.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Having carried out all possible reasonable investigations, the Commission concluded that the cause of the accident had to be looked for in the material failure of the flying controls.
However, while it was possible to advance certain hypotheses regarding the possible causes, they could not be considered entirely satisfactory. Only the material failure of two systems could lead to a complete explanation, but left the way open to an arbitrary choice because there was not sufficient evidence to corroborate it."
The FAA commented that the most plausible hypothesis was a malfunction of the stabilizer adjusting mechanism permitting the stabilizer to run to the 10.5deg nose-up position.

Fuentes:
» ICAO Circular 69-AN/61 (43-58)


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photo of Boeing-707-329-OO-SJB
accident date: 15-02-1961
type: Boeing 707-329
registration: OO-SJB
photo of Boeing-707-329-OO-SJB
accident date: 15-02-1961
type: Boeing 707-329
registration: OO-SJB
photo of Boeing-707-329-OO-SJB
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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 New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY to Brussel-Zaventem Airport as the crow flies is 5845 km (3653 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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