Galaxy Airlines Flight 203

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Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Reno, Nevada to Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America. The flight was operated by a Lockheed L-188A Electra. The L-188A Electra was a quad engine passenger turboprop. On the 21st of January, 1985, it was carrying, 65 passengers and 6 crew. The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off. The crash resulted in 70 fatalities. There was only one survivor. The subsequent investigation carried out by the US’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gave out the following remarks:

‘The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain’s failure to control and the copilot’s failure to monitor the flight path and airspeed of the aircraft. This breakdown in crew coordination followed the onset of unexpected vibration shortly after takeoff.’

The detailed report also indicated that the ground crew left the air start access panel open, this was due to an emergency change in standard procedure. The air starter hose wasn’t disconnected when the aircraft started taxiing. The aircraft was stopped and the hose was successfully disconnected, but the access panel wasn’t closed properly. The vibrations subsequently distracted the crew and lead to the fatal crash.

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