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Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 15 novembre 1966
Type/Sous-type:Boeing 727-21
Compagnie:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Immatriculation: N317PA
Numéro de série: 18995/221
Année de Fabrication: 1966-01-11 (10 months)
Heures de vol:1804
Moteurs: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Dallgow (   Allemagne)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Allemagne
Aéroport de destination:Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL/EDDT), Allemagne
Numéro de vol: 708
Pan Am's scheduled cargo flight 708 from Frankfurt to Berlin usually lands at Tempelhof Airport. However because of resurfacing of the runways at Tempelhof, Pan Am operated in and out of Tegel Airport since the evening of November 13th. Flight 708 departed Frankfurt at 02:04 and climbed to the cruising altitude of FL090. At 02:35 the flight reported leaving this altitude for FL030. Three minutes later Berlin Control cleared the flight to "turn left heading zero three zero, descend and maintain two thousand". When 6,5miles from the Outer Marker, the controller cleared the flight to "turn right heading zero six zero cleared ILS runway eight right approach". Immediately after the acknowledgment from the flight crew, the aircraft struck the ground and crashed about 10 miles from the airport in the Soviet occupation zone. Weather was poor with 2,6km visibility in snow; cloud coverage 3/8 at 500 feet and overcast a 600 feet with a temperature of -1deg C. The Soviet authorities returned about 50 percent of the wreckage. Some major components were not returned which included the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, flight control systems, navigation and communication equipment.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The descent of the flight below its altitude clearance limit, but the Board has been unable to determine the cause of such descent."


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB File 1-0073
report released:5 June 1968
duration of investigation: 1 year and 7 months
download report: Pan American World Airways, Inc., Boeing 727, N317PA, near Berlin, Germany, November 15, 1966 (NTSB File 1-0073)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Frankfurt International Airport et Berlin-Tegel Airport est de 431 km (269 miles).

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