Event Details

Title:Collision with trees, Eastern Air Lines, Inc., Boeing 727-225, N8843E, Toledo, Ohio, April 10, 1973
Micro summary:This Boeing 727-225 collided with trees while executing a nonprecision approach.
Event Time:1973-04-10 at 1318 EST
File Name:1973-04-10-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-73-17
Site of event:On approach to RWY 25
Departure:Pensacola Regional Airport, Pensacola, Florida, USA
Destination:Toledo Express Airport, Toledo, Ohio
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-225
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):Eastern Air Lines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727-225 struck some trees while executing an instrument approach to Runway 25 on the Toledo Express Airport, Toledo, Ohio. The incident occurred at 1318 eastern standard time, April 10, 1973. Damage to the aircraft was limited to the leading edge and trailing edge flaps of the right wing. There were no injuries to the 30 passengers or to the 7 crewmembers aboard the aircraft. The incident occurred as the aircraft passed through a snowshower which was situated near the approach path to the airport. The instrument approach was abandoned, and a second approach and landing were accomplished without further incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this incident was the failure of the flightcrew to adhere to established procedures, which resulted in a descent below the authorized minimum descent altitude and an impact with the trees.

As a result of this incident and accidents of a similar nature, the Safety Board made a recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration emphasizing the importance of adherence to critical operational procedures such as altitude awareness.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Non-Precision Approach
Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Operations - In-flight Collision with Ground Structure
Operations - Unstabilized Approach


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