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Accident
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Montag 16 August 1965
Zeit:21:20
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-22
Fluggesellschaft:United Airlines
Kennzeichen: N7036U
Werknummer: 18328/146
Baujahr: 1965-05-18 (3 months)
Betriebsstunden:611
Triebwerk: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 24
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 30 / Insassen: 30
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Lake Michigan, MI (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), USA
Flug nach:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), USA
Flugnummer:UA389
Unfallbericht:
The Boeing, just 3 months old, departed New York-LaGuardia at 19:52 for a flight to Chicago-O'Hare. The aircraft climbed to cruising altitude FL350, which was reached at 20:11. At 21:03 the flight was cleared to FL240 and further down to FL140 three minutes later. At 21:11 the crew were cleared to descend to 6000 feet. Last radio communications with the flight were at 21:19 when the crew were told to maintain 6000 feet and that ILS approaches were in progress on runway 14R. Shortly after this the aircraft crashed into Lake Michigan in 250 feet of water, 30 miles ENE of O'Hare Airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board is not able to determine the reason for the aircraft not being leveled off at its assigned altitude of 6000ft."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Accident number: NTSB File No.1-0030
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume III (9-22)


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1169 km (731 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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