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On This Day In Aviation History - 31 July 1973

A McDonnell Douglas DC-9 operating as Delta Air Lines Flight 723 was on ILS approach to Boston Logan International when it descended below the glide path, striking a seawall with its landing gear and crashing.

All 83 passengers and six crew on board the twin-jet were killed. Initially, there were two survivors though both later succumbed to their injuries. Investigators determine the cause of the crash to be pilot error.

Aircraft Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31

Aircraft Registration: N975NE

Operator: Delta Air Lines

Passengers: 83

Crew: 6

Fatalities: 89

Survivors: 0

Cause: Controlled flight into terrain due to pilot error.

Remains of Delta Air Lines Flight 723 @ Boston
© The Boston Globe

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