Vliegtuigongeval op 17 SEP 1965 met Boeing 707-121B N708PA - Chances Peak
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:vrijdag 17 september 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-121B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registratie: N708PA
Constructienummer: 17586/1
Bouwjaar: 1957-12-20 (7 years 9 months)
Aantal vlieguren:19127
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 21 / inzittenden: 21
Totaal:slachtoffers: 30 / inzittenden: 30
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Chances Peak (   Montserrat)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Fort de France-Lamentin Airport (FDF/TFFF), Martinique
Vliegveld van aankomst:Antigua-Coolidge International Airport (ANU/TAPA), Antigua en Barbuda
A Boeing 707-121B passenger plane, operated by Pan American World Airways, was destroyed when it flew into the side of Chances Peak, Montserrat. All 21 passengers and nine crew members were killed.
PanAm Flight PA-292 operated on a scheduled service from Fort de France, Martinique (FDF) to New York with en route stops at Antigua (ANU), St. Croix, Virgin Islands (STX), and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). An IFR flight plan had been filed for the 30-minute leg to Antigua. Cruising altitude would be FL165.
The Boeing 707, named "Clipper Constitution", took off from Fort de France's runway 27 at 11:04 UTC. Cruising altitude was reached at 11:09. The crew established radio contact with the Antigua controller at 11:15. The controller cleared the flight to the Coolidge NDB beacon at 2500 feet and told the crew to report at the beacon outbound leaving 2500 feet or field in sight. At approximately 11:25 the flight reported through FL40 with the field not yet in sight. At the same time the airplane was observed flying along the coast of the island of Montserrat in rain and below the clouds with landing gear down and flaps partially extended. Shortly afterwards the airplane struck a mountain at an elevation of 2760 feet asl and 242 feet below the summit.
Weather was poor with thunderstorms, towering cumulus, heavy rains.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The accident was the result of the aircraft descending below a safe height when its position had not been accurately established. "

» ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume II (7-35)
» International Journal of Aviation Safety June 1983 (p.13-14)


photo of Boeing-707-121-N708PA
accident date: 17-09-1965
type: Boeing 707-121
registration: N708PA
photo of Boeing-707-121-N708PA
accident date: 17-09-1965
type: Boeing 707-121
registration: N708PA
photo of Boeing-707-121-N708PA
accident date: 17-09-1965
type: Boeing 707-121
registration: N708PA

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Fort de France-Lamentin Airport en Antigua-Coolidge International Airport bedraagt 294 km (184 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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