Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 12 November 1995
Time:00:55 EST
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N566AA
C/n / msn: 49348/1374
First flight: 1987
Total airframe hrs:27628
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:East Granby, CT (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Destination airport:Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT (BDL/KBDL), United States of America
Flightnumber:1572
Narrative:
American Airlines flight 1572, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees while on approach to runway 15 at Bradley International Airport. The airplane also impacted an instrument landing system antenna as it landed short of the runway on grassy, even terrain.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew’s failure to maintain the required minimum descent altitude until the required visual references identifiable with the runway were in sight. Contributing factors were the failure of the BDL approach controller to furnish the flightcrew with a current altimeter setting, and the flightcrew’s failure to ask for a more current setting."

Sources:
» NTSB/AAR-96/05


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Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport, CT as the crow flies is 1248 km (780 miles).

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