Event Details

Title:Runway overrun, American Air Lines, Inc., Boeing 727-95, N1963, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, April 27, 1976
Micro summary:This Boeing 727-95 overran the runway on landing.
Event Time:1976-04-27 at 1510 AST
File Name:1976-04-27-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-77-1
Site of event:Landing, Truman
Latitude/Longitude:N1820'28" W6457'39"
Departure:John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York, USA
Destination:Cyril E. King Airport (Harry S Truman Airport), Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-95
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):American Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:19
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:About 1510 AST on April 27, 1976, American Airlines, Inc., Flight 625 overran the departure end of runway 9 after landing at the Harry S Truman Airport, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The aircraft struck the instrument landing system localizer antenna, crashed through a chain link fence, and came to rest against a building located about 1,040 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. The aircraft was destroyed. Of the 88 persons aboard the aircraft, 35 passengers and 2 flight attendants were killed. Thirty-eight other persons received injuries which ranged from minor to serious. One person on the ground was injured seriously.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the captain's actions and his judgment in initiating a go-around maneuver with insufficient runway remaining after a long touchdown. The long touchdown is attributed to a deviation from prescribed landing techniques and an encounter with an adverse wind condition, common at the airport.

The nonavailability of information about the aircraft's goaround performance capabilities may have been a factor in the captain's abortive attempt to go-around after a long landing.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Runway Overrun
Operations - Runway Underrun
Operations - Unstabilized Approach
Consequence - Hull Loss


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