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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 17 février 1971
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
Compagnie:Southern Airways
Immatriculation: N92S
Numéro de série: 47064/120
Année de Fabrication: 1967
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 7
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 11
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Gulfport Municipal Airport, MS (GPT) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:New Orleans-Moisant Field, LA (MSY/KMSY), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Gulfport Municipal Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 41
Southern Airways Flight 41, a scheduled air carrier passenger and cargo flight, struck an electric transmission line static cable during a VOR/DME approach to runway 13 at the Gulfport Municipal Airport. A successful go-around was accomplished and the aircraft was landed at Gulfport without further incident. The aircraft received substantial damage to the left main landing gear, left wing leading edge, and left fuselage. The left engine sustained foreign object ingestion damage. There was no fire.
A special weather observation made at the Gulfport Municipal Airport at 08:05 showed a partial obscuration with visibility three quarters of a mile in fog. The wind was from 040 degrees at 6 knots.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate monitoring of the approach. The captain was preoccupied with the prelanding checklist during the final approach and the first officer, who was flying the aircraft, was devoting his attention to an attempt to establish visual contact with the runway in low visibility. These activities resulted in an improperly executed VOR/DME approach during which the aircraft descended below the minimum descent altitude before the crew acquired visual contact with the runway environment."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 196 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-71-14
Download report: Final report

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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 New Orleans-Moisant Field, LA et Gulfport Municipal Airport, MS est de 122 km (76 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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