A Boeing 707 crashed at Atlantic City Airport 52 years ago
In July 1969, a plane crashed at the Atlantic City Airport in Egg Harbor Township.
Five crew members on the plane were killed in the crash of July 26, 1969.
The aircraft was on a training exercise and there were no passengers on board.
According to Wikipedia, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 5787 was performing practice takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred on airport property:
“The flight was planned as a proficiency check, testing the crew’s response to a simulated single-engine failure during take-off and landing. Due to fatigue failure of a hydraulic hose, the hydraulic power was lost during low speed flight on three engines, resulting in loss of control and a crash killing everyone on board. “
The cause of the crash was attributed to “poor procedures for simulating engine failures and the inability to apply the correct procedure for a hydraulic failure, as well as the loss of hydraulic power from the rudder in a condition. critical flight. The loss of hydraulic power was found to be due to a fatigue failure in the downstream line of the left outboard spoiler actuator, spilling hydraulic fluid from the aircraft’s hydraulic system overboard. Without power to the rudder actuator, at low speed, gear extended, flaps full and only three engines, the aircraft was not able to recover and the accident was inevitable. “
Interestingly, there is a video that simulates the activity of the plane and describes what happened that day:
The accident at the airport happened just days before a big event took place a few kilometers from the airport. From August 1-3, 1969, the Atlantic City Pops Festival took place at the Atlantic City Racecourse in Mays Landing. This event was the big concert that preceded Woodstock – which took place in upstate New York two weeks later.
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