ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N8967E Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 27 November 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N8967E
MSN: 47267/361
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:15615
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH (CAK/KCAK), United States of America
The DC-9 landed 12-27 knots too fast on runway 01, approx. 2400 feet down the runway. The aircraft overran the runway, traversed 110 feet of unpaved ground and plunged over a 38 feet embankment. Weather included low ceilings, light rain, fog, 1,5 mile visibility.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's decision to complete the landing at an excessive airspeed and at a distance too far down a wet runway to permit the safe stopping of the aircraft. Factors which contributed to the accident were: 1) lack of airspeed awareness during the final portion of the approach, 2) an erroneous indication of the speed command indicator, and 3) hydroplaning."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-74-12
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion

» Flight International 23 January 75(87)
» NTSB-AAR-74-12


photo of DC-9-31-N8967E
accident date: 27-11-1973
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
registration: N8967E
photo of DC-9-31-N8967E
accident date: 27-11-1973
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
registration: N8967E

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 Pittsburgh International Airport, PA to Akron/Canton Regional Airport, OH as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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