52 Years Ago, a Boeing 707 Crashed at Atlantic City Airport
Allec Joshua Ibay
In July, 1969, a plane crashed at Atlantic City Airport in Egg Harbor Township.
Five crews members aboard the plane lost their live in the crash on July 26, 1969.
The plane was on a training exercise and there were no passengers on board.
According to Wikipedia, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 5787 was performing training takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred on airport property:
"The flight was planned as a proficiency check, testing crew response to a simulated single engine failure during takeoff and landing. Because of a fatigue failure of a hydraulic pipe, hydraulic power was lost while flying at low speed on three engines, resulting in loss of control and a crash killing all on board."
The cause of the crash was attributed to "poor procedures for simulating engine failures and failure to apply the correct procedure for hydraulic failure, as well as loss of hydraulic power to the rudder in a critical flight condition. The loss of hydraulic power was found to be due to a fatigue failure in the left outboard spoiler actuator downline, dumping hydraulic fluid from the aircraft's utility hydraulic system overboard. With no power to the rudder actuator, at low speed, undercarriage down, full flaps and only three engines, the aircraft was not capable of recovery and the crash was inevitable."
Interestingly, there is a video that simulates the plane's activity describes what happened that day:
The crash at the airport happened just a few days before a big event happened just a couple miles away from the airport. It was on August 1st - 3rd in 1969 that the Atlantic City Pops Festival happened at the Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing. That event was the big concert event that proceeded Woodstock - which took place in upstate New York two weeks later.