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Delta DC-9 Crash Boston, 1973...what Was The Route  
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4421 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8940 times:

OK...I need a true historian here. In 1973, shortly after Delta Airlines bought out Northeast Airlines, a Delta DC-9 that I believe was flying nonstop out of Burlington, VT, crashed upon landing at Logan. It was a July day and Logan was nearly fogbound. The DC-9 hit a seawall at the edge of Runway 4R and broke apart along the runway. All aboard were killed, including one man who survived for a time before perishing.

My question is whether the plane did or did not stop at Manchester, NH on its way to Boston. I say it did not, but was scheduled to do so. It bypassed the normal stop at MHT and instead was flying BTV-BOS on that fateful morning.

Can someone shed some light on the routing of this flight, and its flight number?


Chris in New Hampshire

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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 8910 times:

Date of Accident: 13 July 1973

Airline: Delta Air Lines

Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Registration: N975NE

Previous Registrations: None

Flight Number: 723

Fatalities: 89:89

MSN: 47075

Line Number: 166

Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney

Engine Model: JT8D

Year of Delivery: 1967

Accident Description: The aircraft crashed into a seawall while attempting the ILS 15L approach at Logan International Airport. Air Traffic Control was faulted for vectoring the airplane to only a 4 mile final for the approach, and the crew was faulted for continuing the approach with insufficient time to stabilize the aircraft on final.


User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8865 times:

I remember that day specifically, because PVD, T.F. Green Airport, took in a ton of diversions, about 62 planes, I recall. That DL DC-9 was flying a former NE bread and butter route. I'm almost positive the flight originated at MHT. Such a tragedy!

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2177 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8849 times:

The aircraft, N975NE, did indeed stop at Manchester enroute from Burlington, before continuing onto Boston. The aircraft had indeed previously been operated by Northeast, but had been repainted in the full Delta scheme.

Weather at the time of the accident was reported as foggy, with an overcast estimated at 200ft, and a light wind. The RVR (Runway Visual Range) was reported to the flight in excess of 6,000 ft, but due to the rapid change in weather and a delay of nearly a minute in cycling of the RVR digital display, the information was not indicative of the actual conditions. The RVR had in fact dropped to only about 1,500ft just before the aircraft was to have landed.

Of the 89 individuals on board (and subsequently fatally injured) 83 were passengers, 5 were crew members, and 1 was a jumpseating cockpit observer. This "jumpseater" participated in the reading of the checklist, and was suggested to be distractive to the crew by investigators.

On a side note, futher tragedy was avoided, when after the crash, two additional flights WERE CLEARED TO LAND on the same runway, which was now scattered with debris. Because the DC9 was not seen by the tower, the only indication that there had been an accident initially was the alarm of the damaged approach light system, which controllers believed to be false, and was silenced. Both aircraft cleared to land on the same runway executed missed approaches due to the weather.


User currently offlinePakistania From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8791 times:

Accident date was 31.07.1973 (not 13.7.)
Time: 11:08L
Routing: (DL 723)
Burlington/VT -> Manchester/NH -> (50 min delay due to bad wx) -> Boston-Logan/MA

All records showed that the accident flight did stop at Manchester. According to NYT, Flight 723 picked up passengers stranded at Manchester when an earlier flight was cancelled due to fog.

hope it helps

User currently offlineCYLW From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8743 times:

Heres a link for the full NTSB accident report in PDF format.


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4421 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8722 times:

Thanks to you all! I run the Yahoo Group that discusses Manchester Airport. I welcome new members! We're at 85 now.

Thanks again.
Chris in NH

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