ASN Aircraft accident Convair CV-240-0 N94234 Springfield Municipal Airport, MO (SGF)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 20 March 1955
Time:22:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94234
MSN: 66
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:13383
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 32
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Springfield Municipal Airport, MO (SGF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Destination airport:Springfield Municipal Airport, MO (SGF/KSGF), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA711
Narrative:
Struck ground 0,25 miles short while flying visually below low clouds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A descent to the ground while approaching the airport caused by the crew's inattention to their flight instruments and a possibly sensory illusion giving them an erroneous impression of the attitude of the aircraft."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (86-88)


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Convair CV-240

  • 566 built
  • 16th loss
  • 8th fatal accident
  • 5th worst accident (at the time)
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