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Last updated: 26 May 2016
Datum:Sonntag 11 Mai 1947
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Fluggesellschaft:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Kennzeichen: NC86508
Werknummer: 2029
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 4 Wright R-3350-35
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:ca 11 km W off Cape May Pount, Delaware Bay, NJ (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Flug von:Wilmington-New Castle County Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), USA
Flug nach:Wilmington-New Castle County Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), USA
The Constellation, named "Star of Athens", was on a transition training flight when control was lost during a left turn at 2500 feet. The aircraft entered a tight diving spiral, came out of the spiral but continued to descend until striking the water at a 45deg angle.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was loss of control of the aircraft for reasons undetermined."

» CAB File No. 1-0033-47


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