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Last updated: 10 May 2021
Estado:
Fecha:martes 16 marzo 1954
Hora:08:38
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340-35
Operador:Continental Air Lines
Registración: N90853
Numéro de série: 44
Año de Construcción: 1953
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 8
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 11
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:4 km (2.5 milles) NE of Midland, TX (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Midland Air Terminal, TX (MAF/KMAF), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Kansas City (unknown airport), MO, Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo: 46
Descripción:
Reaching a height of 75 feet after takeoff severe vibration was experienced. The aircraft then entered a nose down attitude. The flight crew could barely prevent the Convair from diving into the ground; they managed to carry out a belly landing in barren field.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of control due to a failure of the right elevator trim tab push-pull rod caused by a reversed installation of the right elevator trim tab idler as a result of the carriers reliance on Manufacturers Illustrated Parts Catalog as a maintenance reference."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (86-87)
» WCAA 2nd ed. / C.Y. Kimura


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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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