ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-7B N809D Richmond Airport, VA (RIC)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 16 July 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7B
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N809D
MSN: 44860/616
First flight: 1955
Total airframe hrs:25106
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 71
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 76
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Richmond Airport, VA (RIC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York (unknown airport), NY, United States of America
Destination airport:Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA (RIC/KRIC), United States of America
The pilot was cleared to land on Richmond runway 15, but the approach was a little low. A little power was added, but the right main gear touched down 17 feet short of the edge of the jet blast pad of runway 15 and 150 feet short of the runway threshold. The gear struck the 9-inch raised lip of the blast pad, causing the right main gear to collapse. The DC-7 slid for 4752 feet before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot misjudged altitude and distance and undershot during landing."

» NTSB File 1-0040


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