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Last updated: 20 October 2017
Datum:zondag 17 juli 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340-32
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Braniff International Airways
Registratie: N3422
Constructienummer: 71
Bouwjaar: 1953
Aantal vlieguren:4956
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 20 / inzittenden: 40
Totaal:slachtoffers: 22 / inzittenden: 43
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO en Chicago-Midway Airport, IL bedraagt 645 km (403 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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Convair CV-340

  • 311 built
  • 2e ongeval
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