ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar N339 Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 17 November 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18-56-23 Lodestar
Operator:National Steel Corp.
Registration: N339
MSN: 18-2588
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Chicago-Merrill C Meigs Field, IL (CGX/KCGX), United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsburgh (unknown airport), PA, United States of America
The pilot aborted the takeoff from Meigs Field (CGX) following an engine fire warning below V1 speed. The runway was slick and proved too short.
The Lodestar slid into Lake Michigan. The engine fire warning was false.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - exhaust system: manifolds
miscellaneous acts,conditions - loose,part/fitting
miscellaneous acts,conditions - missing
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water


Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion

» The Lockheed Twins / Peter J Marson
» The Pittsburgh Press - Nov 18, 1966


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