Accident description
Last updated: 22 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 30 January 1949
Time:16:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-749 Constellation
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC86530
C/n / msn: 2528
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3561
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:over Port Washington, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
Flightnumber: 100
Narrative:
While climbing in VFR through 3500-4000 feet the Constellation collided with a Cessna 140 (NC76891) private plane. The Cessna was on a local flight from Meriden, CT and was flying in level flight on a right converging course. The Cessna crashed, but the Constellation landed safely at Mitchel AFB.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the joint failure of the Constellation pilots to observe and avoid the Cessna aircraft in flight, and of the Cessna pilot, while on an airway and in an area where a heavy concentration of traffic could be expected, to remain alert and avoid the Constellation."

Classification:
Mid air collision
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0013


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 4909 km (3068 miles).

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