Accident
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Estado:Final
Fecha:viernes 23 noviembre 1962
Hora:12:24
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 745D Viscount
Operador:United Air Lines
Registración: N7430
Numéro de série: 128
Año de Construcción: 1956
Horas Totales de la Célula:18809
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 13 / Ocupantes: 13
Total:Fatalidades: 17 / Ocupantes: 17
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:10 km (6.3 milles) WSW of Ellicott City, MD (   Estados Unidos de América) show on map
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 297
Descripción:
The Viscount was flying at 6000 feet, en route from Newark to Washington when it penetrated a flock of whistling swans. At least two of which were struck by the aircraft. One swan, which was struck penetrated the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer and egressed from the rear surface causing damage to the elevator as it did so.
This so weakened the structure that failure occurred which rendered the plane uncontrollable. The Viscount eventually struck the ground in a nose-low inverted attitude.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of control following separation of the left horizontal stabilizer which had been weakened by a collision with a whistling swan."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (74-79)


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 317 km (198 miles).

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