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Accident Report Detail

TAG Airlines, Inc., De Havilland Dove (DH-104), N2300H

Executive Summary

A TAG Airlines, Inc., De Havilland Dove, N23300H, operating as Flight 730 of January 28, 1970, departed from Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport at 0738 e.s.t., for the Detroit City Airport with two crewmembers disappeared from the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center's radar and seven passengers on board. The aircraft's radar beacon target at 0749. A t 0922, it was determined that the aircraft had crashed through the ice into Lake Erie, 26 miles north-northeast of the Cleveland VORTAC. The bodies of five passengers and two crewmembers were recovered and identified. Two passengers are missing and are presumed dead. The aircraft was destroyed and portions of it sank in 80 feet of water.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the in flight failure of the lower, right, main wing-to-fuselage root joint attach fitting resulting from undetected cracks in the wing portion of the fitting. The Board also finds that the Federal Aviation Administration's requirement for the timely replacement of chromium plated root joint fittings was inadequate.

Accident Location:   ,     Lake Erie
Accident Date: 1/28/1970
Accident ID: 79648

Date Adopted: 1/6/1971
NTSB Number: AAR-71-05
NTIS Number: PB-198094

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