ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-749A Constellation N119A New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL)
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Date:Monday 19 October 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N119A
MSN: 2616
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Destination airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
Descended into the ground shortly after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's loss of visual reference and orientation when he encountered drifting fog shortly after becoming airborne on take-off, and the resultant inadvertent assumption of a descending flight path."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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