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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166953
Last updated: 28 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Owner/operator:Northeast Airlines
Registration: N982NE
C/n / msn: 47136/243
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near Martha's Vineyard Airport, MA (MVY) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New Bedford Airport, MA (EWB/KEWB)
Destination airport:Martha's Vineyard Airport, MA (MVY)
Northeast Airlines Flight 938, was a scheduled passenger flight operating from John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with an intermediate stop in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
While on a VOR final approach to Martha's Vineyard in instrument flight conditions, the aircraft struck the water, received minor damage but remained airborne. The captain then flew the aircraft to Logan International Airport at Boston, Massachusetts, where he made a normal landing. None of the five crew members and three passengers were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this incident was the lack of crew coordination in monitoring the altitude during the performance of a nonprecision instrument approach, the misreading of the altimeter by the captain, and a lack of altitude awareness on the part of both pilots.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-72-19 issued 21 July 1971 by NTSB
Safety recommendation A-72-20 issued 21 July 1971 by NTSB

Revision history:

14-Jun-2014 18:48 harro Added

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