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Last updated: 29 July 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 1 März 1962
Zeit:10:08:49
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-123B
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: N7506A
Werknummer: 17633/12
Baujahr: 1959
Betriebsstunden:8147
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1-MC6
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 87 / Insassen: 87
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 95 / Insassen: 95
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Jamaica Bay, NY (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), USA
Flug nach:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
Flugnummer: AA1
Unfallbericht:
The American Airlines Boeing 707, named "Flagship District of Columbia", was cleared for takeoff at 10:05 on a scheduled domestic non-stop IFR flight to Los Angeles, California. The aircraft carried out what appeared to be a normal takeoff, and lift-off was at 10:07 hours about 5000 ft down runway 31L. At 10:07:37 the aircraft started a gentle turn to the left approximately 8000 ft down the runway, at an altitude of 100 ft, and was established on a heading of 290° at 10:07:42. Straightening out from the turn, the aircraft continued to climb for several seconds on a heading of 290° and started a second turn to the left as instructed by Departure Control. These manoeuvres were in accordance with the noise abatement procedures then in effect for taking-off from runway 31L. Having started the second turn, the angle of bank increased until the aircraft rolled through 90° of bank at a peak altitude of about 1600 ft msl . It then entered an inverted, nose-low attitude and plunged earthward in a nearly vertical dive. It struck the earth in the shallow waters of Pumpkin Patch Channel of Jamaica Bay during low tide. Impact was at an angle of approximately 78° nose down on a magnetic heading of 300°. Fire broke out a few minutes later.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A rudder control system malfunction, producing yaw, sideslip, and roll leading to a loss of control from which recovery action was not effective."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (22-35)


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Distance from New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 3947 km (2467 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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