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Accident Report Detail

Allegheny Airlines, Inc., Convair 580

Executive Summary

On December 24, 1968, Allegheny Airlines Flight 736, a Convair 580, N5802, crashed at approximately 2012 e.s.t., while executing an instrument approach to Runway 32 at the Bradford Regional Airport, Bradford, Pennsylvania. There were 20 fatalities among the 47 persons on board the aircraft.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the continuation of the descent from the final approach fix through the Minimum Descent Altitude and into obstructing terrain at a time when both flight crewmembers were looking outside the aircraft in an attempt to establish visual reference to the ground. Contributing factors were the minimal visual references available at night on the approaches to the Bradford Regional Airport; a small but critical navigational error during the later stages of the approach; and a rapid change in visibility conditions that was not known to the crew.

Accident Location: Bradford , PA   Bradford Regional Airport
Accident Date: 12/24/1968
Accident ID: DCA69A0007

Date Adopted: 1/28/1970
NTSB Number: AAR-70-04
NTIS Number: PB-189649

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