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Accident Report Detail

Branifff Airways, Inc., Lockheed L-188, N9707C

Executive Summary

A Braniff Airways, Inc., Lockheed L-l88, N9707C, operating as Flight 352 between Houston and Dallas, Texas, crashed approximately 1 mile east of Dawson, Texas, about 1648 c.d.t., May 3, 1968. The 80 passengers and 5 crewmembers aboard the aircraft died in the accident, and the aircraft was destroyed.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the stressing of the aircraft structure beyond its ultimate strength during an attempted recovery from an unusual attitude induced by turbulence associated with a thunderstorm. The operation in the turbulence resulted from a decision to penetrate an area of known severe weather.

Accident Location: Dawson , TX    
Accident Date: 5/3/1968
Accident ID: AAR6903

Date Adopted: 6/19/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-69-03
NTIS Number: PB-185254

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