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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Datum:Sonntag 17 Juli 1955
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340-32
Fluggesellschaft:Braniff International Airways
Kennzeichen: N3422
Werknummer: 71
Baujahr: 1953
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 20 / Insassen: 40
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 43
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), USA
Flug nach:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), USA
Flugnummer: 560
The Braniff Convair was on operating on the flight Dallas-Oklahoma City-Wichita-Kansas City-Chicago. Departure time a Kansas City was 04:35 as the aircraft started VFR for Chicago. IFR was requested at 05:19. At 05:56 the crew received a weather forecast: thin (1000 feet) obscuration; visibility 1/2 mile. The crew then reported over Napierville at 06:18 and were radar vectored to the runway 13R outer marker for an ILS approach. On final approach the Convair descended too low and collided with a commercial sign. The aircraft then crashed through the airport boundary fence in flames and came to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Momentary disorientation caused by the loss of visual reference during the final visual phase of the approach resulting in an increased rate of descent an altitude too low to effect recovery."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (137-142)


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Distance from Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO to Chicago-Midway Airport, IL as the crow flies is 645 km (403 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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