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Date:Sunday 17 March 1929
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ford 4-AT-B Tri-Motor
Operator:Colonial Western Airlines
Registration: NC7683
MSN: 4-AT-41
First flight: 1928-09-22 (6 months)
Engines: 3 Wright J-5 Whirlwind
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Newark Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
The Ford Tri-Motor crashed shortly after takeoff from Newark Airport, New Jersey, following a double engine failure.
The aircraft failed to gain height and crashed into a freight car loaded with sand.

» The Ford Tri-Motor 1926-1992 / William T. Larkins
» The Rock Hill Herald - Mar 18, 1929


photo of Ford-4-AT-B-Tri-Motor-NC7683
accident date: 17-03-1929
type: Ford 4-AT-B Tri-Motor
registration: NC7683


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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