Event Details


Title:Flight into terrain, United Air Lines, Inc., B-727, N7036U, In Lake Michigan, August 16, 1965
Micro summary:This B-727 crashed into Lake Michigan during approach for unknown reasons.
Event Time:1965-08-16 at 2120 CDT
File Name:1965-08-16-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-1967-12-19
Pages:46
Site of event:29.6 sm E-NE of ORD in 250 of water
Latitude/Longitude:N42°15'02" W087°27'56"
Departure:LaGuardia International Airport, New York, New York, USA
Destination:Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-22
Flight Phase:Descent
Registration(s):N7036U
Operator(s):United Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:30
Fatalities:30
Serious Injuries:0
Minor/Non-Injured:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:A United Air Lines, Inc., B-727-22, N7036U, Flight 389 crashed into Lake Michigan approximately 19.5 statute miles east of Lake Forest, Illinois, at approximately 2120 CDT, August 16, 1965. The 24 passengers and 6 crew- members died in the crash and the aircraft was destroyed.

Flight 389, en route from LaGuardia Airport, New York to O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, was descending from a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet to begin a landing approach when its radar target disappeared from the air traffic controller's radarscope. The weather at O'Hare at the time of the accident was: an estimated ceiling of 10,000 feet, visibility 7 miles. Ground witnesses observed a fire and explosion on the lake at approximately 2121. Search vessels discovered the first floating wreckage approximately five hours later.

The Board is unable to deternine the reason for the aircraft not being leveled off at its assigned altitude of 6,000 feet.
Learning Keywords:Consequence - Hull Loss
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