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Last updated: 30 October 2020
Datum:Samstag 1 März 1958
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: N94213
Werknummer: 23
Baujahr: 1948
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:New Haven Airport, CT (HVN) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:New Haven Airport, CT (HVN/KHVN), USA
Flug nach:Bridgeport Airport, CT (BDR/KBDR), USA
The gear was retracted before the aircraft had lifted off, causing the aircraft to slide on its belly.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."

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


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Distance from New Haven 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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