Narrative:The DC-9 struck trees while flying 135m too low and 80km/h too fast. The aircraft crashed 3.3 miles short of runway 36 during a VOR/DME approach.
|Date:||11 SEP 1974|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31|
|Operator:||Eastern Air Lines|
|C/n / msn:|| 47400/443|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Total airframe hrs:||16860|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 68 / Occupants: 78|
|Total:||Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 82 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5,3 km (3.3 mls) from Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Charleston Municipal Airport, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline in that the crew did not follow prescribed procedure."
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Distance from Charleston Municipal Airport, SC to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC as the crow flies is 269 km (168 miles).