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Last updated: 8 April 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 12 Dezember 1976
Zeit:23:26
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operated by:Atlantic City Airlines
On behalf of:Allegheny Commuter
Kennzeichen: N101AC
Werknummer: 262
Baujahr: 1969
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 8
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 10
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Wildwood-Cape May County Airport, NJ (WWD) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Atlantic City-Bader Field, NJ (AIY/KAIY), USA
Flug nach:Wildwood-Cape May County Airport, NJ (WWD/KWWD), USA
Flugnummer: 977
Unfallbericht:
Weather was poor around Cape May when Flight 977 approached. The sky was obscured with a 400 feet indefinite ceiling and a visibility of 1-1,5 miles existed. The aircraft was making a runway 23 VOR approach when it collided with the ground 4000 feet short of the threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's lack of altitude awareness during a circling approach permitting the aircraft's flight path to deviate below a safe approach profile. The aircraft's rate of descent and descent flight path angle increased as a result of windshear encountered during visual approach below minimum descent altitude. The flight crew did not recognize these flight path deviations because they were relying on visual references which were degraded by non-homogeneous fog and on kinesthetic cues which were adversely affected by the aircraft's forward centre of gravity resulting from the improperly loaded aircraft. Contributing to the accident was the lack of company procedures requiring altitude-callouts during the visual portion of an approach."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-77-12
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Circular 146-AN/96 (168-183)


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Distance from Atlantic City-Bader Field, NJ to Wildwood-Cape May County Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 55 km (34 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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