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Last updated: 22 June 2018
Datum:Sonntag 15 März 1959
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: N94273
Werknummer: 150
Baujahr: 1949
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83AM4A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1,5 km (0.9 Meilen) SE of Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), USA
Flug nach:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), USA
Collided with a steel tower (96 feet high) while on the second ILS approach. The aircraft crashed in a railroad yard, skidded across tracks.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's descent below his allowable minimum altitude and his inattention to flight instruments while attempting to locate the runway visually."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (106-108)


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Chicago-Midway Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1156 km (722 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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