Date: September 15, 1957
Time: 20:46
Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Operator: Northeast Airlines
Flight #: 285
Route: Martha's Vineyard - New Bedford
AC Type: Douglas DC-3
Registration: N33417
cn / ln: 7337
Aboard: 24   (passengers:21  crew:3)
Fatalities: 12   (passengers:10  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft struck trees to the right and short of the runway during approach in fog. The pilot attempted to make a visual approach by descending prematurely in the approach area without adherence to the prescribed ILS approach procedure which was dictated by existing weather conditions.

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