ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-7 N317A Norfolk-NAS Chambers, VA (NGU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 26 September 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7
Operator:Overseas National Airways - ONA
Registration: N317A
MSN: 44138/440
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Norfolk-NAS Chambers, VA (NGU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:New York (unknown airport), NY, United States of America
Destination airport:Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA (NGU/KNGU), United States of America
The DC-7 was ferried from New York to Norfolk for a troop movement flight. While approaching NAS Chambers, the crew hydraulic pressure was lost. The airplane circled while the crew prepared for landing. The airplane touched down 275 feet past the runway threshold. Within the next 1400 feet, the DC-7 veered off the left side of the runway. It hit an embankment.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Loss of directional control during the landing roll caused by improper use of propeller reversing and braking. 2) The captain's inadequate familiarity with the aircraft systems and procedures under normal system hydraulic failure. 3) Failure of the hydraulic system for an undetermined reason."

Hydraulic system problem
Runway excursion


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