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Last updated: 14 June 2021
Datum:Dienstag 2 Juli 1968
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7BF
Fluggesellschaft:Universal Airlines
Kennzeichen: N762Z
Werknummer: 44922/669
Baujahr: 1956
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Norfolk International Airport, VA (ORF/KORF), USA
Flug nach:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), USA
Improper use of the engine controls caused the DC-7 to aquaplane off runway 09/27. The undercarriage then collapsed and the right hand wing tore off.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - failed to maintain directional control
pilot in command - improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls
miscellaneous acts,conditions - thrust reversal-asymetrical
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: wet runway
miscellaneous acts,conditions - hydroplaning on wet runway
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure

» NTSB File 1-0044
» Airways Magazine February 2004


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Distance from Norfolk International Airport, VA to Philadelphia International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 339 km (212 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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