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Eastern Air Lines Flight 605

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Passengers  49
Survivors  0
Injuries (nonfatal)  0
Total fatalities  53 (all)
Crew  4
Date  30 May 1947
Operator  Eastern Air Lines
Survivor  0
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Summary  Loss of control for reasons unknown
Site  1.9 miles east of Bainbridge, Maryland
Aircraft type  Douglas C-54B Skymaster
Destination  Miami International Airport
Similar  1947 Avianca Douglas, Pennsylvania Central Airlines Fl, United Airlines Flight 521, Pan Am Flight 923, 1947 Croydon Dakota a

Eastern Air Lines Flight 605 was a domestic flight in the US from Newark to Miami on May 30, 1947. The flight crashed near Bainbridge, Maryland, causing the deaths of all 53 passengers and crew on board in what was then the worst disaster in the history of North American commercial aviation.

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Accident flight

Flight 605 departed from Newark International Airport at 17:04 for a scheduled domestic flight to Miami. It climbed to its assigned cruising altitude of 4,000 feet (1,200 m). While flying over Philadelphia, the pilot reported "all is well". At 17:41, people on the ground saw Flight 605 enter a steepening dive and crash 2 miles (3 km) east of Bainbridge. All four crew and 49 passengers died in the crash. At the time, Flight 605 was the deadliest crash in United States aviation history.

Cause

The Civil Aviation Board's investigation of the crash determined that the probable cause of this accident was a sudden loss of control, for reasons unknown, resulting in a dive to the ground.

In his book Fate is the Hunter, Ernest K. Gann suggests that the crash was caused by unporting of the elevators due to a missing hinge bolt, Gann having narrowly avoided a similar fate himself on the same day.

Aircraft

The DC-4 aircraft, serial number 18380, was built in 1944 and was delivered officially as a C-54B Skymaster to the United States Air Force in October 1944. On the same day it was transferred with the designation R5D-2 to the United States Navy. It was leased to Eastern Air Lines on 29 November 1945 as fleet number 708.

References

Eastern Air Lines Flight 605 Wikipedia