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Accident Report Detail

Trans World Airlines, Inc., Convair 880, N821TW

Executive Summary

A Trans World Airlines, Inc., Convair 880, N821TW, Flight 128, crashed on the final approach to landing on Runway 18 at Greater Cincinnati Airport, Covington, Kentucky, at 2057 EST, November 20, 1967. Of the 75 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard, 10 passengers and two crewmembers survived. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.

The flight was en route from Los Angeles, California, to Boston, Massachusetts, with scheduled stops at Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The flight had been cleared for an ILS approach to Runway 18 and, after reporting over the outer marker beacon, had been cleared to land.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an attempt by the crew to conduct a nlght, visual, no-glide-slope approach during deteriorating weather conditions without adequate altimeter crossreference. The approach was conducted using visual reference to partially lighted irregular terrain which may have been conducive to producing an illusionary sense of adequate terrain clearance.

Accident Location: Constance , KY    
Accident Date: 11/20/1967
Accident ID: AAR6905

Date Adopted: 8/27/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-69-05
NTIS Number: PB-185674

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