The Captain’s Gambit: The crash of Allegheny Airlines flight 485

The wreckage of Allegheny Airlines flight 485 lies in front of several demolished beach houses where it crashed in East Haven, Connecticut. (The New Haven Register)
An ad for Allegheny Airlines, probably from the early 1970s. (Vintage Airliners)
N5833, sister ship of the accident aircraft, N5832. (Steve Williams)
The route of Allegheny Airlines flight 485 as it hopped about the northeast and mid-Atlantic. (Google + own work)
Groton-New London Airport, as it appears today. (City of Groton, Connecticut)
The leg of flight 485 from New London to New Haven was exceptionally short. (Google + own work)
The approach chart for runway 2 at New Haven which was used by the crew. (NTSB)
The location of the crash relative to the airport. (NTSB)
Beach cottages burn after being struck by the plane. (The New Haven Register)
Diagram of where the bodies were found inside the plane. (NTSB)
Diagram of the crash site. (NTSB)
Investigators examine the charred remains of flight 485’s tail section. (The New Haven Register)
The wreckage of Allegheny Airlines flight 485 lies in front of the demolished beach houses. (The New Haven Register)
Photos of the crash are hard to find: this heavily degraded one appears in a New York Times archive.
The aftermath of the crash of Allegheny Airlines flight 736 on December 24th, 1968. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The plane came to rest right up against the tennis courts behind a beach resort. (Jeff Barske)
The crash barely made the front page of the New York Times.

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