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Last updated: 20 May 2019
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 22 June 1980
Time:13:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
Operator:Air Traders International
Registration: N74CA
C/n / msn: 4850
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350-42
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,4 km (0.9 mls) SW of Columbus Municipal Airport, IN (CLU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Columbus Municipal Airport, IN (CLU/KBAK), United States of America
Destination airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into a soybean field shortly after takeoff from runway 22.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's inadequate and uncoordinated response to the No 2 engine fire warning. The flight engineer failed to correct a gradual power decay on the other engines which occurred while he was retarding the No 2 engine throttle, and the power decay went uncorrected by the pilot and co-pilot. The lack of co-ordination and the lack of corrective action may have been caused by the lack of recent flight crew experience in the L-1049 aircraft.
Contributing to the accident was the aircraft's over maximum take-off weight, the crew's use of less than full power for take-off, and the use of less than take-off cowl flaps which precluded adequate engine cooling."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 184 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-80-14
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» NTSB


Photos

photo of Lockheed-L-1049H-Super-Constellation-N74CA
accident date: 22-06-1980
type: Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
registration: N74CA
photo of Lockheed-L-1049H-Super-Constellation-N74CA
accident date: 22-06-1980
type: Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
registration: N74CA
photo of Lockheed-L-1049H-Super-Constellation-N74CA
accident date: 22-06-1980
type: Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
registration: N74CA
 

Map
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 Columbus Municipal Airport, IN to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA as the crow flies is 3029 km (1893 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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