- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: October 04, 1960
Time: 17:40
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Operator: Eastern Air Lines
Flight #: 375
Route: Boston - Philadelphia
AC Type: Lockheed 188A Electra
Registration: N5533
cn / ln: 1062
Aboard: 72   (passengers:67  crew:5)
Fatalities: 62   (passengers:59  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: A few seconds after becoming airborne, the aircraft struck a flock of starlings. A number of these birds were ingested in engines No. 1, 2, and 4. Engine No. 1 was shut down and its propeller was feathered. Engines No. 2 and 4 experienced a substantial momentary loss of power. This abrupt and intermittent loss and recovery of power resulted in the aircraft yawing to the left and decelerating to the stall speed. As speed decayed during the continued yaw and skidding left turn, the stall speed was reached; the left wing dropped, the nose pitched up, and the aircraft rolled left into a spin and fell almost vertically into the water. An altitude of less than 150 feet precluded recovery.
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