The DC-10 touched down 2,800 feet (850 m) beyond the displaced threshold. Under normal circumstances such an incident would have been of minor importance and the plane would have had sufficient space to come to a full stop on the 10,000 feet (3,000 m) long runway. However, the runway was covered in ice and the braking action was poor to nil (though reported to the pilots as "fair to poor").
When it became apparent to the pilots that the aircraft was not able to stop on the runway, they steered the plane off the runway in order to avoid hitting approach lights beyond the runway. The plane then skidded across a field and a taxiway before coming to rest in the 30 °F (−1 °C) waters of the Boston Harbor.
The aircraft cockpit and forward galley were separated from the main body of the aircraft, and the first row of passenger seats were thrown into the water. Two passengers seated in that row were never found and presumed dead; the third passenger in that row climbed back into the main cabin.
Actress Justine Shapiro was a survivor.
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