Accident description
Last updated: 21 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 29 March 1946
Time:12:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC86510
C/n / msn: 2034
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:489
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (739C18BA2)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York (unknown airport), NY, United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 955
Narrative:
The Constellation, named "Star of Rome", touched down fast, between 800 and 1,000 feet from the approach end of runway 27. Also, the flaps were still extending after touchdown. The aircraft ran off the runway, striking a concrete transformer house and ended up in a drainage ditch.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Poor judgement of the flight crew in attempting to land from a position which did not afford sufficient time to accomplish a satisfactory approach. A contributing factor was the poor landing technique of the pilot in failing to reduce the airspeed sufficiently for a safe landing. A further contributing factor was the lack of knowledge on the part of the crew concerning the poor braking action of rubber tires on a wet runway."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 394-36


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