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Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 22 June 1949
Time:13:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94266
MSN: 139
First flight: 1949
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5,6 km (3.5 mls) ENE of Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA402
Narrative:
The no. 2 engine failed on takeoff and at an altitude of 20-50 feet the propeller auto feathered. The Convair climbed slowly and attained a high nose-up attitude as the crew tried to clear power lines. The airspeed dropped and a belly landing was carried out. The aircraft slid for 217 feet before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A reduction in airspeed resulting from flying the aircraft at a steep climbing attitude after power failure of the right engine, followed by retraction of the flaps which destroyed the aircraft's climb performance. "

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0084


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Distance from Memphis Municipal Airport, TN to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 1216 km (760 miles).

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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