A Watery Surprise: The crash of National Airlines flight 193

National Airlines flight 193 lies partially submerged in the shallow waters of Escambia Bay in Pensacola. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
N4744NA, the Boeing 727 involved in the accident. (Frank Duarte)
The route of flight 193. Note the flight’s extremely short length. (Google)
Comparison: a normal ASR approach to runway 26, and flight 193’s approach. (Google)
Comparison: a normal ASR approach to runway 26, and flight 193’s approach. (Google)
Annotated diagram of the last minute of flight 193. (NTSB)
National Airlines flight 193 lies submerged in Escambia Bay. (public doman image)
Another view of the 727 underwater. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Closeup of the 727’s partially submerged cockpit. (Unknown owner)
Cranes pull the 727 out of Escambia Bay after the accident. (Bob O’Lary)
N4744NA lies in drydock in Pensacola. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
N4744NA lies in drydock in Pensacola. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Closeup of the 727’s nose. Note damage to the bottom of the fuselage. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Another closeup view of the plane in the Pensacola shipyard. (Historic Pensacola)
A view of the 727’s tail, where the center engine was ripped right out of the empennage. (Historic Pensacola)
Evacuated passengers stand on the wings and escape slides after flight 1549’s famous water landing. (CNN)
A tugboat and barge tow the waterlogged 727 away from the crash site. (Airline Secrets)

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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