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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Tuesday 7 July 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed R7V-1 Super Constellation
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 128440
C/n / msn: 4107
First flight: 1953
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) S of Chestertown, MD (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK/KNHK), United States of America
Destination airport:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK/KNHK), United States of America
The Super Constellation had left Patuxent River NAS (NHK) on a routine service test flight. At an altitude of about 10,000 feet the airplane banked left and lost its tail. The airplane crashed within 100 yards of the west bank of the Chester River. The tail fell into Langford's Bay, two miles west of the fuselage.

Tail failure
Loss of control



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Distance from Patuxent River NAS, MD to Patuxent River NAS, MD as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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