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Last updated: 6 July 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 19 décembre 1946
Heure:18:07
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54B-5-DO (DC-4)
Compagnie:Eastern Air Lines
Immatriculation: NC88813
Numéro de série: 18344
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Heures de vol:4174
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 56
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 60
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:près de Aberdeen, MD (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Miami (unknown airport), FL, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:EA605
Détails:
Universal Flight 7, a Douglas DC-3, departed Newark at 17:07 on an instrument flight clearance, via Airway Amber 7, over Washington to Raleigh, at 2,000 feet. Fifteen minutes later, Eastern Flight 605, a Douglas DC-4, departed Newark on a contact clearance at 2,000 feet, via Airway Amber 7, over Washington to Miami, non-stop. The DC-4 overtook the DC-3 in the vicinity of Aberdeen, Maryland. The co-pilot of the Eastern DC-4 suddenly saw the lights of an aircraft close to and to the left of the DC-4 and immediately rolled the DC-4 into a bank to the right and pulled the nose up forcefully. The rear of the plane collided with the forward top portion of the DC-3's fuselage. The DC-3 pilots, thinking they had collided with a bird, carried out a safe landing at Phillips Army Air Field while the DC-4 diverted to Washington-National Airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the lack of vigilance on the part of the pilots of both aircraft."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 5019-46


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