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Last updated: 20 February 2020
Date:Thursday 9 January 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair T-29D (CV-240)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-5826
C/n / msn: 52-25
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:14473
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) W off Newport News, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Meridian-Key Field, MS (MEI/KMEI), United States of America
Destination airport:Hampton-Langley AFB, VA (LFI/KLFI), United States of America
Flightnumber: M32
The USAF Convair was returning from Meridian when it approached Langley AFB at night. At the same time a Cavalier Flyers Cessna 150H light aircraft, N50430, was in the area. Both aircraft were on a collision course but due to the reduced nighttime conspicuity of Cessna against a background of city lights, the USAF crew did not see the plane. Both aircraft collided and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The human limitation inherent in the see-and-avoid concept, which can be critical in a terminal area with a combination of controlled and uncontrolled traffic. A possible contributing factor was the reduced nighttime conspicuity of the Cessna against a background of city lights."

Mid air collision
Loss of control


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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 Meridian-Key Field, MS to Hampton-Langley AFB, VA as the crow flies is 1240 km (775 miles).

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