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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 19 November 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Operator:Mohawk Airlines
Registration: N7811M
C/n / msn: 531
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:17 km (10.6 mls) N of Glenn Falls-Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, NY (GFL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albany Airport, NY (ALB/KALB), United States of America
Destination airport:Glenn Falls-Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, NY (GFL/KGFL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 411
Flight 411 had been cleared for a runway 19 VOR approach when it struck trees on the northwest slope of Pilot Knob Mountain, and impacted a rock cliff, after which the aircraft fell 38 feet, becoming lodged between trees. A fire broke out.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain, while conducting an approach, exceeded his clearance limits and, thereafter, flew the aircraft into a severe "lee of the mountain downdraft" at an altitude insufficient for recovery. No evidence was found to explain why this particular approach was attempted."


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-70-12
report released:19 August 1971
duration of investigation: 1 year and 9 months
download report: Trans International Airlines Corp., Ferry Flight 863, Douglas DC-8-63F, N4883T, J.F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, September 8, 1970. (NTSB/AAR-70-12)


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Distance from Albany Airport, NY to Glenn Falls-Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, NY as the crow flies is 67 km (42 miles).

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Fairchild FH-227

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  • 78 built
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