ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4276 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7613 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?
LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7583 times:
Date of Accident: 13 July 1973
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Previous Registrations: None
Flight Number: 723
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.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7538 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!
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7522 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.