Upperville, VA TWA 727 Jet Crashes into Mount Weather, Dec 1974
JOHN H. REED, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it was impossible to say immediately what caused the crash. Investigators were to continue their search today for the cockpit voice recorder and other monitoring instruments that could provide clues.
TWA officials said relatives of the 85 passengers and seven crew members would be taken by bus today to a temporary morgue near the crash site to identify the remains. When search operations suspended at 8:15 p. m. EST Sunday, the remains of 23 persons had been found, officials said.
The Mt. Weather crash was followed Sunday by the crash of a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 charter jet near Stony Point, N. Y. about 20 miles northwest of New York City. The plane carried three crewmen and no passengers and was on its way to Buffalo, N. Y., to pick up the Baltimore Colts football team. State police said there was no evidence of survivors.
Another airplane was reported down in Costa Rica where searchers combed a mountainous area for a Honduran Air Force cargo plane carrying four persons. The craft was reported missing Friday night.
The Mt. Weather search was hampered by driving rain, fog and winds gusting up to 40-50 miles an hour, the same weather conditions that prevailed in the area when the jet crashed at 11:10 a. m. EST.
The flight had been scheduled to land at 10:23 a. m. EST at Washington National Airport, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, when air-traffic controllers diverted it to Dulles International, about 45 miles northwest.
The diversion was ordered because Dulles had runways sited in various directions National only has north-south runways.
The manager of Dulles, DEXTER DAVIS, said weather conditions there were highly unusual. "In the six years I've been here, a crosswind like this hasn't happened," he said.
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