Crash-aerien 25 NOV 1948 d'un Lockheed L-049 Constellation NC90824 - Los Angeles Municipal Airport, CA (LAX)
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Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:jeudi 25 novembre 1948
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Compagnie:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Immatriculation: NC90824
Numéro de série: 2086
Année de Fabrication:
Heures de vol:4343
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 18
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 23
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Los Angeles Municipal Airport, CA (LAX) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Los Angeles Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 211
TWA Flight 211 originated in Washington, D C, and was scheduled for stops, en route to Los Angeles, at Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. Weather information available to Flight 211 prior to departure from Phoenix at 03:58 indicated that at the time of arrival in Los Angeles, ground fog conditions would prevail.
As Flight 211 approached Los Angeles, clearance was given to pass over the airport, and the tower there relayed to the crew information received from a previous flight to the effect that ground fog conditions in the area. A shallow left turn was made over the airport, after which the prelanding check list was accomplished. A procedure turn was then executed east of the field and a landing approach was made to runway 25L. According to the pilot the runway approach lights remained clearly visible, though small puffs of clouds were encountered during the approach. Flaps were fully extended when the airplane passed over the boundary of the field. Before touching down on the runway, a thick formation of ground fog was encountered. Visibility was reduced to practically zero. Contact with the runway, 2,300 feet from the approach end, was made with sufficient impact force to deform the wing structure and deflect the No. 4 engine nacelle downward to the extent that the No. 4 propeller struck the runway. Following the landing fire was observed in the area of the No. 4 engine nacelle. Brakes were vigorously applied. The aircraft rolled forward in a slight left turn, coming to rest 1,500 feet from the point of landing, and 197 feet from the left edge of runway 25L. Flames rapidly engulfed the right wing and fuselage but all passengers were deplaned without serious injury.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inability to see the runway after entering a ground fog during a final approach and landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

» CAB File No. 1-0101


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ et Los Angeles Airport, CA est de 591 km (369 miles).

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