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Last updated: 16 November 2018
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 15 November 1961
Time:17:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 798D Viscount
Operator:Northeast Airlines
Registration: N6592C
C/n / msn: 234
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:8328
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 45
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), United States of America
Flightnumber: 120
Narrative:
Northeast Flight 120, a Vickers Viscount, arrived near Boston and was cleared to land on runway 04R. During the landing rollout a DC-6, National Airlines Flight 429, was attempting to takeoff from runway 09. Both aircraft collided.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board finds this ground collision accident occurred as the result of commencement of takeoff by National 429 without clearance. Contributing factors were the failure of tower personnel to provide adequate surveillance of the active runway and to issue an appropriate warning message to the pilot of National 429 alerting him to the impending traffic confliction."

Classification:
Runway incursion


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Boston-Logan International Airport, MA as the crow flies is 295 km (184 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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