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Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2017
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Date:Wednesday 14 May 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed R7V-1 Super Constellation
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131652
C/n / msn: 4153
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) E of Taft, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), United States of America
Destination airport:Mountain View-Moffett Field, CA (NUQ/KNUQ), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft executed five successive accelerated stalls and lost 3,000 feet of altitude. The forces and accompanying vibrations caused serious structure damage to skin, stringers, and bulkheads in the aft portions of the fuselage.
The aircraft then suffered a structural failure and crashed.

Probable Cause:

This accident caused by failure in the linkage of the elevator boost system which caused the elevator to travel to the full up position.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» CAB Accident Report L-049 N86511, 1 Sep. 1961


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Distance from Ontario International Airport, CA to Mountain View-Moffett Field, CA as the crow flies is 545 km (340 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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