ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-240-0 N94213 New Haven Airport, CT (HVN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 1 March 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94213
MSN: 23
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New Haven Airport, CT (HVN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New Haven-Tweed Airport, CT (HVN/KHVN), United States of America
Destination airport:Bridgeport Airport, CT (BDR/KBDR), United States of America
The gear was retracted before the aircraft had lifted off, causing the aircraft to slide on its belly. A small fire in the nacelle of the no. 1 engine was extinguished.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The improper technique of the captain resulting in the unintentional retraction of the landing gear prior to V 1 speed, which was made possible by a malfunctioning left gear safety switch. A contributing factor was inadequate inspection by the carrier."

Accident investigation:

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

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (100-102)


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Distance from New Haven-Tweed Airport, CT to Bridgeport Airport, CT as the crow flies is 23 km (14 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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