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Accident description
Last updated: 19 August 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 16 January 1974
Time:01:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-131B
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: N757TW
C/n / msn: 18395/309
First flight: 1962
Total airframe hrs:38876
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 56
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 63
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Flightnumber:TW701
Narrative:
After a night visual runway 06R approach, the aircraft touched down. The nosegear collapsed immediately. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The continuation of a visual approach after the flight crew lost outside visual reference because of a low cloud and fog encounter."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 210 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-74-10
Download report: Final report


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 3947 km (2467 miles).

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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