ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-049 Constellation NC86508 Cape May Pount, Delaware Bay, NJ
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 11 May 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Operator:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Registration: NC86508
MSN: 2029
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:2214
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350-35
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 11 km W off Cape May Pount, Delaware Bay, NJ (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Castle County Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-New Castle County Airport, DE (ILG/KILG), United States of America
The Constellation, named "Star of Athens", was on a transition training flight when control was lost during a left turn at 2500 feet. The aircraft entered a tight diving spiral, came out of the spiral but continued to descend until striking the water at a 45deg angle.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board finds that the probable cause of this accident was loss of control of the aircraft for reasons undetermined."


Loss of control

» CAB File No. 1-0033-47


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