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Accident description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 29 January 1963
Time:22:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 812 Viscount
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N242V
C/n / msn: 356
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:12860
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Midland Air Terminal, TX (MAF/KMAF), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), United States of America
Flightnumber: 290
Narrative:
The Viscount aircraft made a straight-in approach to runway 18 but continued in flight at low altitude over the runway. Near the south end of the runway, at a height of about 90 feet, the plane was observed to pitch down sharply in a wings-level attitude and strike the ground.
Weather conditions at the airport were above VFR minima, but during the let-down from cruising altitude and during the landing approach, the flight encountered conditions which were conducive to the formation of rime ice deposits.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with a specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control."

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume II, Circular 78-AN/66 (34-46)


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Distance from Midland Air Terminal, TX to Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO as the crow flies is 1047 km (654 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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