Narrative:The no. 2 engine failed on takeoff and at an altitude of 20-50 feet the propeller auto feathered. The Convair climbed slowly and attained a high nose-up attitude as the crew tried to clear power lines. The airspeed dropped and a belly landing was carried out. The aircraft slid for 217 feet before coming to rest.
|Date:||Wednesday 22 June 1949|
|C/n / msn:|| 139|
|First flight:|| 1949|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5,6 km (3.5 mls) ENE of Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A reduction in airspeed resulting from flying the aircraft at a steep climbing attitude after power failure of the right engine, followed by retraction of the flaps which destroyed the aircraft's climb performance. "
» CAB File No. 1-0084
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Distance from Memphis Municipal Airport, TN to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 1216 km (760 miles).