Accident Fairchild FH-227B N712U, Saturday 10 August 1968
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Date:Saturday 10 August 1968
Time:08:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild FH-227B
Owner/operator:Piedmont Airlines
Registration: N712U
MSN: 557
Year of manufacture:1967
Total airframe hrs:2197 hours
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 37
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG)
Destination airport:Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW/KCRW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Piedmont flight 230 was on an ILS localizer approach to Charleston-Kanawha County Airport (CRW) runway 23 when it struck trees 360 feet from the runway threshold. The aircraft continued and struck up sloping terrain (+30deg) 250 feet short in a 4-5deg nose down attitude, slightly left wing down. The Fairchild continued up the hill and on to the airport, coming to rest 6 feet beyond the threshold and 50 feet from the right edge of the runway.
A layer of dense fog (about 150 feet thick) was obscuring the threshold and about half of the approach lights. Visual conditions existed outside the fog area.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An unrecognized loss of altitude orientation during the final portion of an approach into shallow, dense fog. The disorientation was caused by a rapid reduction in the ground guidance segment available to the pilot at a point beyond which a go-around could not be successfully effected."

Accident investigation:
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA69A0002
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report

Sources:

ICAO Circular 107-AN/81 (p.283-302)

Statistics

  • 20th worst accident in 1968
  • 26th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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photo (c) Chris Kennedy; Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA); June 1968; (CC:by-nc)

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