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Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 2 July 1968
Time:18:11
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7BF
Operator:Universal Airlines
Registration: N762Z
MSN: 44922/669
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 11 m (36 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Norfolk International Airport, VA (ORF/KORF), United States of America
Destination airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Narrative:
Improper use of the engine controls caused the DC-7 to aquaplane off runway 09/27. The undercarriage then collapsed and the right hand wing tore off.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - failed to maintain directional control
pilot in command - improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls
miscellaneous acts,conditions - thrust reversal-asymetrical
FACTORS:
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: wet runway
miscellaneous acts,conditions - hydroplaning on wet runway
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure

Sources:
» NTSB File 1-0044
» Airways Magazine February 2004


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Distance from Norfolk International Airport, VA to Philadelphia International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 339 km (212 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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