Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 20 March 1955
Time:22:36
Type:Convair CV-240-0
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94234
C/n / msn: 66
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:13383
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 32
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Springfield, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Destination airport:Springfield-Branson Regional Airport, MO (SGF/KSGF), United States of America
Flightnumber: 711
Narrative:
Struck ground 0,25 miles short while flying visually below low clouds.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A descent to the ground while approaching the airport caused by the crew's inattention to their flight instruments and a possibly sensory illusion giving them an erroneous impression of the attitude of the aircraft."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (86-88)


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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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