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Last updated: 31 October 2020
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Date:Wednesday 12 April 1944
Type:Budd RB-1 Conestoga
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: NX37097
C/n / msn: 002
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:14
Cycles:12
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK/KNHK), United States of America
Destination airport:Patuxent River NAS, MD (NHK/KNHK), United States of America
Narrative:
The Budd RB-1 Conestoga cargo plane was undergoing trial flights at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
Takeoff was started using full flaps and standard takeoff power for the plane. It was airborne after a run of about 3000 feet and the wheels were immediately retracted, but take-off power was maintained in an effort to gain altitude. The crew then attempted to raise the flaps in stages but the flap indicator remained in the full flap position and the trim of the did not change. The flap switch was then put alternately in the neutral and up position, but the flaps still did not retract.
The climb at full throttle was not sufficient to clear the trees and upsloping terrain ahead and therefore a crash landing was made in the trees.
Distance from the point of takeoff to the scene of the crash is about 9,130 feet and the tree tops in the vicinity of the crash were 85 feet higher above sea level than the runway.

Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» A Story of the Budd RB-1 Conestoga / by Nancy Canavan Heslop


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accident date: 12-04-1944
type: Budd RB-1 Conestoga
registration: NX37097
 

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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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