Narrative:Western Air Lines Flight 34 departed from Salt Lake City (SLC) at 08:50. The Convair proceeded IFR to Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP). The flight reported as being over the Wright intersection at 10:25, at 17,000 feet, estimating Rapid City at 10:50. Weather conditions in the area probably included moderate to heavy icing and moderate to severe turbulence. The Convair suddenly entered a rapid descent and struck the ground at high speed.
|Date:||Friday 26 February 1954|
|Operator:||Western Air Lines|
|C/n / msn:|| 37|
|First flight:|| 1948|
|Total airframe hrs:||12145|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Total:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||31 km (19.4 mls) ENE of Wright, WY (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A sudden emergency of undetermined origin under adverse weather conditions resulting in rapid descent and impact with the ground at high speed."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (59-63)
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Distance from Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Rapid City Regional Airport, SD as the crow flies is 811 km (507 miles).