Loss of control Accident Convair CV-240-1 N8407H,
ASN logo

Date:Friday 26 February 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Convair CV-240-1
Owner/operator:Western Air Lines
Registration: N8407H
MSN: 37
Year of manufacture:1948
Total airframe hrs:12145 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:31 km ENE of Wright, WY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC)
Destination airport:Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP/KRAP)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Western Air Lines Flight 34 departed from Salt Lake City (SLC) at 08:50. The Convair proceeded IFR to Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP). The flight reported as being over the Wright intersection at 10:25, at 17,000 feet, estimating Rapid City at 10:50. Weather conditions in the area probably included moderate to heavy icing and moderate to severe turbulence. The Convair suddenly entered a rapid descent and struck the ground at high speed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A sudden emergency of undetermined origin under adverse weather conditions resulting in rapid descent and impact with the ground at high speed."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (59-63)



photo (c) Bill Proctor; Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX); 1949

Revision history:


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314