ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-440-0 D-ACAT Bremen Airport (BRE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 28 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-440-0
Registration: D-ACAT
MSN: 464
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:13871
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) SW of Bremen Airport (BRE) (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Bremen Airport (BRE/EDDW), Germany
The approach to runway 27 at Bremen Airport, Germany was abandoned and the aircraft overshot. When making a turn at low altitude, the aircraft stalled with a pitch of about 30-60° and crashed left wing first. The stall was probably induced by wrong activation of the controls. Such activation was possibly caused by a sudden occurrence of physical disorder of one of the pilots.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The overshoot on approach to land was probably caused by the fact that - possibly on account of a malfunction of one of the flight director instruments -the pilot was not in a position to remain on the glide path and that he made a wrong assessment of the height above the ground after transition to visual flight. The stall was probably induced by wrong activation of controls. Such activation was possibly caused by sudden occurrence of a physical disorder of one of the pilots.
After the aircraft had stalled, the pilot could not control the further progress of the flight on account of the rather poor stall performance of the aircraft type, the extraordinary difficulties to control a stall during instrument flight conditions, and the insufficient height available for transition from a stall to a normal attitude after the aircraft had sheared off. Other factors may have contributed to the accident."

Loss of control

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (42-54)
» Video: UFA-Wochenschau 497 /1966, from about 5'30'' to 7'30"


photo of Convair-CV-440-0-D-ACAT
accident date: 28-01-1966
type: Convair CV-440-0
registration: D-ACAT

Video, social media

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 Frankfurt International Airport to Bremen Airport as the crow flies is 334 km (209 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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