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Accident Report Detail

 
Eastern Airlines, Inc., Boeing 727-225

Executive Summary

About 1605 e. d. t. on June 24, 1975, Eastern Air Lines Flight 66, a Boeing 727-225, crashed into the approach lights to runway 22L at the John F. Kennedy International Airport., Jamaica, New York. The aircraft was on an ILS approach to the runway through a very strong thunderstorm that was located astride the ILS localizer course. Of the 124 persons aboard., 113 died of injuries received in the crash. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the aircraft's encounter with adverse winds associated with a very strong thunderstorm located astride the ILS localizer course, which resulted in a high descent rate into the nonfrangible approach light towers. The flightcrew' s delayed recognition and correction of the high descent rate were probably associated with their reliance upon visual cues rather than on flight instrument references. However, the adverse winds might have been too severe for a successful approach and landing even had they relied upon and responded rapidly to the indications of the flight instruments.

Contributing to the accident was the continued use of runway ZZL when it should have become evident to both air traffic control personnel and the flightcrew that a severe weather hazard existed along the approach path.

 


Accident Location: Jamaica , NY   JFK International Airport
Accident Date: 6/24/1975
Accident ID: DCA75AZ015

Date Adopted: 3/12/1976
NTSB Number: AAR-76-08
NTIS Number: NTISUB/B/104-76/008

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