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Last updated: 25 January 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:zaterdag 14 november 1970
Tijd:19:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Southern Airways
Registratie: N97S
Constructienummer: 47245/510
Bouwjaar: 1969
Aantal vlieguren:3667
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 71 / inzittenden: 71
Totaal:slachtoffers: 75 / inzittenden: 75
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:1,6 km (1 mijl) W of Huntington, WV (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kinston-Stallings Field, NC (ISO/KISO), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Huntington-Tri-State Airport, WV (HTS/KHTS), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 932
Beschrijving:
Southern Airlines Flight 932 departed Kinston, NC at 18:38 to return members of the Marshall University football team, coaching staff and other passengers to Huntington. After an uneventful flight, the crew contacted Huntington Approach Control at 19:23. The controller later cleared them for a runway 11 localizer approach. At 19:34 the flight passed the Outer Marker and they cleared to land. In weather conditions of mist and light rain with low clouds (scattered clouds at 300 feet, broken overcast at 500 feet solid overcast at 1000 feet), the aircraft descended below MDA and struck trees on a hill, approx. 1 mile short of the runway. The aircraft then crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a non precision approach under adverse weather conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment. The Board has been unable to determine the reason for this descent, although the two most likely explanations are: a) improper use of cockpit instrument data; or b) an altimetry system error."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-72-11
Download report: Final report

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» NTSB-AAR-72-11


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kinston-Stallings Field, NC en Huntington-Tri-State Airport, WV bedraagt 551 km (344 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the 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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