ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-44D4-2 N453T Norfolk-NAS Chambers, VA (NGU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 21 March 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-44D4-2
Operator:Flying Tiger Line
Registration: N453T
MSN: 22
First flight: 1961-08-25 (4 years 7 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Tyne 515
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Norfolk-NAS Chambers, VA (NGU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN (IND/KIND), United States of America
Destination airport:Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA (NGU/KNGU), United States of America
The aircraft took off from Indianapolis at 13:30 EST on an IFR flight plan to NAS Norfolk. The first-officer, who carried out the runway 10 approach and landing, approached at a steep angle and touched down on the left main and nose wheels. The aircraft started to disintegrate immediately as the left wing separated. The fuselage came to rest inverted. It appeared that the first officer had no multi-engine rating and had a total of 18 hours on type.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The first officer misjudged and made an improper level off during landing. Inadequate flight supervision by the captain."

» NTSB File # 1-0013


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Distance from Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN to Norfolk NAS Chambers, VA as the crow flies is 919 km (574 miles).

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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