Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 27 November 1973
Time:21:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N8967E
C/n / msn: 47267/361
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:15615
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
Flightnumber: 300
Narrative:
The DC-9 landed 12-27 knots too fast on runway 01, approx. 2400 feet down the runway. The aircraft overran the runway, traversed 110 feet of unpaved ground and plunged over a 38 feet embankment. Weather included low ceilings, light rain, fog, 1,5 mile visibility.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's decision to complete the landing at an excessive airspeed and at a distance too far down a wet runway to permit the safe stopping of the aircraft. Factors which contributed to the accident were: 1) lack of airspeed awareness during the final portion of the approach, 2) an erroneous indication of the speed command indicator, and 3) hydroplaning."

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Flight International 23.1.75(87)
» NTSB-AAR-74-12


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Distance from Pittsburgh International Airport, PA to Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).

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