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Datum:Dienstag 12 Dezember 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331C
Fluggesellschaft:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Kennzeichen: N788TW
Werknummer: 18713/378
Baujahr: 1964
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI), USA
Flug nach:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), USA
A TWA 707-331C, N788TW, operating as Flight 669, crashed during an ILS approach in IFR conditions at John F. Kennedy International Airport, at 22:56 on 12 December 1972. The three crewmembers escaped without injury; there were no passengers on board. The airplane was on a Cat II autoland approach when the flight crew allowed the airplane to descend below the glideslope, and the aircraft struck approach light bars mounted on a wooden pier. The airplane continued on to the runway, but departed to the right, traveling approximately 2,600 feet before coming to a stop, facing the opposite direction. Both main landing gear and all four engines separated from the aircraft during the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain did not maintain a safe descent path by visual external reference during an instrument landing system approach."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 141 days (5 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-1973-11
Download report: Final report
Language: English


photo of Boeing-707-331C-N788TW
accident date: 12-12-1972
type: Boeing 707-331C
registration: N788TW
photo of Boeing-707-331C-N788TW
accident date: 12-12-1972
type: Boeing 707-331C
registration: N788TW

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 293 km (183 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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