Photo of Lockheed Electra in Flight
Photo of Lockheed Electra in Flight
Photo copyright Bob Garrard - used with permission
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Eastern Airlines, Inc. Flight 375, Lockheed Electra L-188, N5533

Location: Logan International Airport, Boston

Date: October 4, 1960


On October 4, 1960 at 1740 Eastern Daylight Time, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188, N5533, crashed following takeoff from runway 09 at Logan International Airport in Boston Massachusetts. Immediately after takeoff, the airplane struck a large flock of starlings at an altitude of approximately 120 feet, ingesting birds into engines 1, 2, and 4. The propeller for engine 1 feathered automatically, and the engine was subsequently shut down by the flight crew. Engines 2 and 4 experienced abrupt thrust losses before recovering, though their recoveries were not simultaneous. The resulting thrust loss, associated thrust asymmetry, and decay in airspeed caused a loss of control that led to the crash. Ten of the 72 persons on board survived the crash.