Narrative:Reaching a height of 75 feet after takeoff severe vibration was experienced. The aircraft then entered a nose down attitude. The flight crew could barely prevent the Convair from diving into the ground; they managed to carry out a belly landing in barren field.
|Date:||Tuesday 16 March 1954|
|Operator:||Continental Air Lines|
|C/n / msn:|| 44|
|First flight:|| 1953|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||4 km (2.5 mls) NE of Midland, TX (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Midland Air Terminal, TX (MAF/KMAF), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Kansas City (unknown airport), MO, United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control due to a failure of the right elevator trim tab push-pull rod caused by a reversed installation of the right elevator trim tab idler as a result of the carriers reliance on Manufacturers Illustrated Parts Catalog as a maintenance reference."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (86-87)
» WCAA 2nd ed. / C.Y. Kimura
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.