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Last updated: 18 April 2019
Datum:Freitag 3 März 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Fluggesellschaft:Mohawk Airlines
Kennzeichen: N7818M
Werknummer: 541
Baujahr: 1967
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:15714
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 14 / Insassen: 45
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 16 / Insassen: 48
Opfer am Boden:Todesopfer: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:6 km (3.8 Meilen) S of Albany Airport, NY (ALB) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), USA
Flug nach:Albany Airport, NY (ALB/KALB), USA
Flugnummer: 405
The aircraft was 8,5 miles S of the airport on an ILS back course approach to runway 01 when the crew reported problems with the propeller cruise lock. The prop could not be feathered and the aircraft struck a house 3,5 miles short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inability of the crew to feather the left propeller, in combination with the descent of the aircraft below the prescribed minimum altitudes for the approach. The Board is unable to determine why the left propeller could not be feathered. Contributing causal factors for the nonstandard approach were the captain's preoccupation with a cruise pitch lock malfunction, the first officer's failure to adhere to company altitude awareness procedures, and the captain's failure to delegate any meaningful responsibilities to the copilot which resulted in a lack of effective task sharing during the emergency. Also, the Board was unable to determine why the propeller pitch lock malfunctioned during the descent."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-73-08
Download report: Final report


NTSB issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Albany Airport, NY as the crow flies is 218 km (136 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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Fairchild FH-227

  • 78 built
  • 5th loss
  • 5th Fataler Unfall
  • 4th worst accident (Zu diesem Zeitpunkt)
  • 12th worst accident (Momentan)
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