PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS, INC. BOEING 707-321B, N454PA, PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA, JANUARY 30, 1974

About 2341, American Samoa standard time, on January 30, 1974, Pan American World Airways, Flight 806, crashed 3,865 feet short of runway 5 at Pago Pago International Airport. The flight was making an ILS approach at night. Of the 101 persons aboard the aircraft, only 5 survived the accident. One survivor died of injuries 9 days after the accident. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the pilot to correct an excessive rate of descent after the aircraft had passed decision height. VASI was available and operating but apparently was not used by the crew to monitor the approach.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Aircraft Accident Report.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Aviation Safety
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1974-11-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 32 p.

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00082966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-AAR-74-15
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM