Narrative:PanAm Flight 1 was a round-the world flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|Operator:||Pan American World Airways|
|C/n / msn:|| 18790/394|
|First flight:|| 1964|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 53|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 63 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1 km (0.6 mls) from Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) (India)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand|
|Destination airport:||Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India|
The Boeing 707, "Clipper Caribbean", was on a visual approach to Calcutta (CCU) when it struck a tree and crashed 1128m short of the runway.
Weather at Calcutta was poor with a 400 ft ceiling and less than two miles visibility in rain.
The crew of "Clipper Caribbean" misunderstood the pressure reported to them by air traffic control. They didn't set the QNH at 993 mb, but instead set the QFE at 29,93. This resulted in a difference of the indicated altitude of 360 feet. The airplane consequently descended below decision height with flaps extended to 50 degrees.
» Flight International 12.12.1968 (p.968)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport as the crow flies is 1600 km (1000 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.