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Status:Final
Date:Sunday 15 October 1972
Time:11:27
Type:Howard 350
Operator:Mar Pon Inc.
Registration: N361MC
MSN: 5275
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Newark Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Narrative:
A Howard 350, N361MC, was destroyed in a landing accident at Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL).
The pilot inadvertently retracted the landing gear after touchdown. The left wing fuel tank ruptured and a post-impact fire erupted.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadvertently retracted gear

Sources:
» NTSB
» The Lockheed Twins / P.J. Marsden


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Distance from Newark Airport, NJ to Philadelphia International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 128 km (80 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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