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Accident Report Detail

Piedmont Airlines Fairchild-Hiller 227B, N712U

Executive Summary

Piedmont Airlines, Flight 230, Fairchild Hiller 227B, N712U, a regularly scheduled passenger flight, crashed and burned while on an approach to the Kanawha County Airport, Charleston, West Virginia, at approximately 0857 e.d.t., on August 10, 1968. The three crewmembers and 32 of the 34 passengers were fatally injured in the accident. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and subsequent fire.

Probable Cause

The Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an unrecognized loss of altitude orientation during the final portion of an approach into shallow, dense fog. The disorientation was caused by a rapid reduction in the ground guidance segment available to the Pilot, at a point beyond which a go-around could not be successfully effected.

Accident Location: Charleston , WV    
Accident Date: 8/10/1968
Accident ID: AAR6906

Date Adopted: 8/21/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-69-06
NTIS Number: PB-185898

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