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Date:samedi 18 février 1961
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7CF
Compagnie:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Immatriculation: N745PA
Numéro de série: 44887/710
Année de Fabrication: 1956
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR) (   Allemagne)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Allemagne
Aéroport de destination:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Allemagne
The PanAm DC-7 operated on a freight flight from Frankfurt to Stuttgart; weather forecasted for Stuttgart was poor: 100 m surface and vertical visibility in fog. NOTAMs were current, reporting inoperative 1, 3, 4, and 5 crossbars of the approach lights and an unreliable ILS glide slope because of airport construction works. An ILS approach attempted (by the first officer as pilot-flying) to see in minima for the aircraft (ceiling 200 m, 1/2 mile visibility) existed. When minima were reached, the approach was discontinued. The plane then suddenly hit a 10-foot high mound of earth located 66 feet short of the runway threshold and 149 feet north of the north edge of the runway. Impact tore off the undercarriage and the no. 3 engine. Control was maintained and the flight crew managed to climb away and divert to Nürnberg airport for an emergency belly landing on a foamed runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "(1) Improperly executed instrument approach during which the aircraft was permitted to descend below obstructing terrain before initiating a missed approach. (2) Inadequate supervision by the captain."


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Frankfurt International Airport et Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport est de 155 km (97 miles).

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