American Airlines Flight 383 was a nonstop flight from New York to Cincinnati on November 8, 1965. The aircraft was a Boeing 727-123 aircraft with 62 people on board. Flight 383 was approaching Cincinnati runway 18 when it struck a wooded hillside of the Ohio River bank with the right wing. The aircraft skidded 300m through foliage and scrub before colliding with a number of trees, bursting into flames. N1996 impacted at 225ft below the airport elevation of 890ft msl. Weather at the time of the accident was poor: rain and thunderstorms.
Only four individuals survived; three passengers, and one flight attendant.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the crew to properly monitor the altimeters during a visual approach into deteriorating visibility conditions."
DOWNLOAD detailed description of the events and investigation of the crash from CASA Flight Safety Magazine (Feb 2006 issue)
AA: American 383
TWR: Cincinnati Tower
|AA||Cincinnati Tower ... we're six miles southeast and ... control VFR.|
|TWR||Runway 18, wind 230 degrees, five knots, altimeter 30.|
|AA||Roger, Runway 18.|
|TWR||Have you in sight - cleared to land.|
|AA||We're cleared to land, roger. How far west is that precip line now?|
|TWR||Looks like it's just about over the field at this time, sir. We're not getting anything on the field however ... if we have a windshift I'll keep you advised as you turn on to final.|
|AA||Thank you - we'de appreciate it.|
|TWR||We're beginning to pick up a little rain now.|
|TWR||Have you still got the runway OK?|
|AA||Ah ... just barely ... we'll pick up the ILS here.|
|TWR||Approach lights, flashers and runway lights are all on high intensity.|