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Title Flight Data Recorder
Accession Number 2010.73
Description Flight Data Recorder, Loral Data Systems, by Fairchild Aviation Recorders
ARINC 542 TSO-C51a size H: 8" W: 5" L: 20"
part no. 13920-221A
serial no. 2688
Model 5424-2
known as a "Black Box" they are really Orange!
Notes This was the Data recorder from Eastern Airlines Flight# 212
that crashed here in Charlotte on Sept. 11, 1974

Eastern Air Lines Flight# 212 was an Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-9-31, carrying 78 passengers and four crew, operating as a scheduled flight within the United States from Charleston, South Carolina to Chicago, Illinois, with an intermediate stop in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the morning of September 11, 1974, while conducting an instrument approach in dense ground fog into Douglas Municipal Airport (now called Charlotte/Douglas International Airport), Charlotte, North Carolina, the aircraft crashed just short of the runway, killing 72 on board. Thirteen people survived the initial impact, including the co-pilot and one flight attendant. However, three more ultimately died from severe burn injuries. One of the initial survivors died of injuries 29 days after the accident. Among those who died were the father and two older brothers of "The Late Shows'" host Stephen Colbert; Navy Rear Admiral Charles W. Cummings, acting commandant of the 6th Naval District; three executives of Charleston's The Post and Courier (production manager Lewis Weston, circulation manager Charles McDonald, and mail room supervisor Jack Sanders); television anchorman Wayne Seal of WCIV in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina; and John Merriman, news editor for the CBS Evening News.

The accident was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which released its final report on May 23, 1975. The NTSB concluded that the accident was caused by the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness and poor cockpit discipline.
Object ID 2010.73.01