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Eastern Airlines Inc., Flight 212 Accident Collection, 1974

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-2020-050

Content Description

The Eastern Air Lines, Inc., Flight 212, Accident Collection consists of items relating to the September 1974 accident in Charlotte. It includes 3 notebooks documenting the crash. One notebook belonged to Sgt. Stegall of the Mecklenburg County Police. Materials are in good condition and dated 1974.


  • 1974

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


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Language of Materials



On September 11, 1974, Eastern Air Lines, Inc., Flight 212, crashed just short of the runway at Douglas Municipal Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. En route from Charleston to Charlotte, the flight’s concluding destination was supposed to be Chicago. Thick fog reduced visibility, and on approach, the aircraft slammed into the ground, skidded, ran into thick woods, and burst into flames. Of the 82 occupants, thirteen survived the initial crash and fire. Three succumbedto their injuries in the days following the accident.During the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, it was determined that the probable cause of the accident was “the flight crew’s lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline in that the crew did not follow prescribed procedures.”

This collection contains photographs, newspaper articles, and notebooks relating to the crash. Materals dated 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Airplane Crashes—Eastern Flight 212 (September 11, 1974). (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILE)


Eastern Air Lines Inc. “Aircraft Accident Report.”

WSOC-TV. “Remembering Charlotte Eastern Airlines Crash 40 Years Later.”

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, 2019.

Eastern Airlines Inc., Flight 212 Accident Collection, 1974
Sydney Carroll
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA