Flugunfall 23 MAY 1974 einer Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules N14ST - Springfield, IL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Donnerstag 23 Mai 1974
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Fluggesellschaft:Saturn Airways
Kennzeichen: N14ST
Werknummer: 4225
Baujahr: 1967
Triebwerk: 4 Allison 501-D22A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Springfield, IL (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Alameda NAS, CA (NGZ/KNGZ), USA
Flug nach:Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN (IND/KIND), USA
Flugnummer: 14
At 10:00 PDT Saturn Flight 14 departed the Alameda Naval Air-Station for a cargo flight to Wilmington, Delaware with an en route stop at Indianapolis The flight was uneventful before it reached Springfield, except for a deviation to avoid weather over Colorado. Shortly after a deviation to the right to avoid weather, the left wing separated from the aircraft at about outer wing station 162. The aircraft rolled and yawed violently, and shortly after the left wing failed , the right wing failed outboard of the no. 4 engine. The aircraft descended at a steep angle and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The undiscovered, preexisting fatigue cracks, which reduced the strength of the left wing to the degree that it failed as a result of positive aerodynamic loads created by moderate turbulence."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 244 days (8 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-05
Download report: Final report

» NTSB-AAR-75-5

As a result of facts obtained by the Safety Board during its investigation of the crash of Flight 14, the FAA issued Airworthiness Directive 74-12-06. The directive required that all applicable aircraft be inspected. The inspection of all US registered L-382 aircraft revealed one aircraft with the lower forward spar cap cracked through the entire cross section at OWS 160. The flight hours on the aircraft were 16,000 +.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Alameda NAS, CA to Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN as the crow flies is 3089 km (1931 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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