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Source: National Transportation Safety Board (1973). Eastern Airlines, Incorporated, L-1011, N31OEA, Miami, Florida, December 29, 1972. Aircraft Accident Report NTSB/AAR-73-14. Washington, DC: National Transportation Safety Board.
Source Type:   Accident
Synopsis: "On December 29, 1972, an Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-1011 crashed at 2342 eastern standard time, approximately 18 miles west-northwest of Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida. The aircraft was destroyed. There were 163 passengers and a crew of 13 aboard the aircraft; 94 passengers and 5 crewmembers received fatal injuries. All other occupants received injuries which ranged in severity from minor to critical. The flight diverted from its approach to Miami International Airport because the nose landing gear position indicating system of the aircraft did not indicate that the nose gear was locked in the down position. The aircraft climbed to 2,000 feet mean sea level and followed a clearance to proceed west from the airport at that altitude. During this time, the crew attempted to correct the malfunction and to determine whether of not the nose landing gear was extended. The aircraft crashed into the Everglades shortly after being cleared by Miami Approach Control for a left turn back to Miami International Airport. Surviving passengers and crewmembers stated that the flight was routine and operated normally before impact with the ground. The National Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the flight crew to monitor the flight instruments during the final 4 minutes of flight, and to detect an unexpected descent soon enough to prevent impact with the ground. Preoccupation with a malfunction of the nose landing gear position indicating system distracted the crew's attention from the instruments and allowed the descent to go unnoticed."
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