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Accident
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Dienstag 29 Januar 1963
Zeit:22:44
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 812 Viscount
Fluggesellschaft:Continental Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N242V
Werknummer: 356
Baujahr: 1958
Betriebsstunden:12860
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Midland Air Terminal, TX (MAF/KMAF), USA
Flug nach:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC), USA
Flugnummer: 290
Unfallbericht:
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."

Informationsquelle:
» 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.

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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