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Last updated: 24 October 2020
Date:Tuesday 25 July 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580
Operator:North Central Airlines
Registration: N4825C
C/n / msn: 380
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:53343
Engines: 2 Allison 501-D13
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kalamazoo, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kalamazoo International Airport, MI (AZO/AZO), United States of America
Destination airport:Detroit (unknown airport), MI, United States of America
Flightnumber: 801
No.1 engine birdstrike (Sparrowhawk) during takeoff (just past V1). The prop autofeathered during lift-off. This caused the aircraft to turn left and crash in a cornfield.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to follow the prescribed engine-out procedures during instrument meteorological conditions, which allowed the aircraft to decelerate into a flight regime from which he could not recover. Contributing to the accident were inadequate cockpit coordination and discipline."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 212 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-79-04
Download report: Final report


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