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Last updated: 23 August 2019
Date:Sunday 15 July 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-440-11
Registration: HB-IMD
C/n / msn: 335
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ireland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
The Convair was on delivery from San Diego to Zürich via New York, Gander and Shannon. The crew broke off their GCA runway 23 approach after establishing visual reference, and turned for a runway 05 approach. The Convair banked sharply, dropped and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Error of judgement by pilot: an abnormally steep turn onto final approach.

» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (116)
» WCAA 2nd ed. / C.Y. Kimura


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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 Gander Airport, NL to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 3156 km (1973 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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