Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 6 April 1958
Time:23:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 745D Viscount
Operator:Capital Airlines
Registration: N7437
C/n / msn: 135
First flight: 1956
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,7 km (0.4 mls) SW from Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS) (   United States of America) show on map
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
Flightnumber: 67
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.

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."

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (113-117)


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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).

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