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Last updated: 19 November 2019
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 2 July 1970
Time:10:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic SC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-200
Operator:Jetco Aviation International
Registration: N21CK
C/n / msn: SH.1858
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:701
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-2-201A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Potomac River, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 106
Narrative:
The Skyvan approached runway 15 in fog at 700-800 feet when about 0,5 mile out. With an already steep approach, the nose suddenly pitched down to 45 degrees. The aircraft struck the water, cartwheeled onto the right wingtip and sank in 12-15 feet deep water, 1800 feet short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of effective elevator control due to the forward shift of improperly secured cargo when the aircraft was placed in a steep nosedown attitude during a landing approach in reduced visibility conditions."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 195 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-71-06
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 340 km (212 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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