AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT. EASTERN AIR LINES, INC., BOEING 727-225 N8845E, JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, JAMAICA, NEW YORK, JUNE 24, 1975

About 1605 e.d.t. on June 24, 1975, Eastern Air Lines Flight 66, a Boeing 727-225, crashed into the approach lights to runway 22L at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York. The aircraft was on an ILS approach to the runway through a very strong thunderstorm that was located astride the ILS localizer course. Of the 124 persons aboard, 113 died of injuries received in the crash. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the aircraft's encounter with adverse winds associated with a very strong thunderstorm located astride the ILS localizer course, which resulted in a high descent rate into the nonfrangible approach light towers. Contributing to the accident was the continued use of runway 22L when it should have become evident to both air traffic control personnel and the flightcrew that a severe weather hazard existed along the approach path.

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  • Publication Date: 1976-3-12

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  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-AAR-76-8, File-1-0006
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1976 12:00AM