Narrative:The Freeland approach conditions were poor (restricted visibility and icing conditions) when the Viscount crew tried to perform a steep turn to align with the runway. A stall occurred, followed by an over-the-top spin. The crew didn't regain control and the aircraft crashed.
|Date:||06 APR 1958|
|Type:||Vickers 745D Viscount|
|C/n / msn:|| 135|
|First flight:|| 1956|
|Engines:|| 4 Rolls Royce 510 Dart|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44|
|Total:||Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0,7 km (0.4 mls) SW from Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS/KMBS), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (113-117)Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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Distance from Flint-Bishop Airport, MI to Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI as the crow flies is 68 km (43 miles).