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Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Datum:Montag 28 Dezember 1970
Zeit:14:42 AST
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2A7
Fluggesellschaft:Trans Caribbean Airways
Kennzeichen: N8790R
Werknummer: 20240/717
Baujahr: 1969-04-24 (1 year 8 months)
Triebwerk: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 48
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 55
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Saint Thomas-Harry S.Truman Airport (STT) (   U.S. Virgin Islands)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ),
Flug nach:Saint Thomas-Harry S.Truman Airport (STT/TIST),
Flugnummer: 505
Unfallbericht:
The aircraft bounced twice on landing and touched down a third time at 2700 feet past the runway 09 (4650 feet long) threshold. The right wing struck the ground, and the aircraft ran off the side of the runway, passed through a fence, crossed a highway and came to a halt against a hillside.
The weather was: clear, visibility >30 miles; wind 100/10 kts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's use of improper techniques in recovering from a high bounce generated by a poorly executed approach and touchdown. Lack of cockpit crew coordination during the approach and attempted recovery contributed to the accident."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-72-08
Download report: Final report


Fotos

photo of Boeing-727-2A7-N8790R
accident date: 28-12-1970
type: Boeing 727-2A7
registration: N8790R
photo of Boeing-727-2A7-N8790R
accident date: 28-12-1970
type: Boeing 727-2A7
registration: N8790R
photo of Boeing-727-2A7-N8790R
accident date: 28-12-1970
type: Boeing 727-2A7
registration: N8790R
 

Map
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 San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport to Saint Thomas-Harry S.Truman Airport as the crow flies is 108 km (68 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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