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Last updated: 24 January 2020
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 22 Juni 1949
Zeit:13:13
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: N94266
Werknummer: 139
Baujahr: 1949
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 41
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 44
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:5,6 km (3.5 Meilen) ENE of Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), USA
Flug nach:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), USA
Flugnummer:AA402
Unfallbericht:
The no. 2 engine failed on takeoff and at an altitude of 20-50 feet the propeller auto feathered. The Convair climbed slowly and attained a high nose-up attitude as the crew tried to clear power lines. The airspeed dropped and a belly landing was carried out. The aircraft slid for 217 feet before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A reduction in airspeed resulting from flying the aircraft at a steep climbing attitude after power failure of the right engine, followed by retraction of the flaps which destroyed the aircraft's climb performance. "

Informationsquelle:
» CAB File No. 1-0084


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Distance from Memphis Municipal Airport, TN to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 1216 km (760 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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