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Date:Tuesday 4 April 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic CV99 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-990-30A-6 Coronado
Registration: EC-CNG
MSN: 30-10-7
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 General Electric CJ805-23
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 139
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 148
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN) (   Germany)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
Destination airport:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Germany
During initial approach to runway 32 at Köln/Bonn Airport the pilot experienced asymmetrical flaps and decided to land with flaps up. He then reduced power and silenced the gear warning horn. Shortly thereafter the engine no.3 reverser latch unlock light came on. Due to the excessive workload the crew forgot to lower the landing gear. The aircraft touched down on its belly and slid for about 1500 m on the engine pods and the aft fuselage. All four engines caught fire. Fire was extinguished within ten seconds by the airport fire department which happened to be on stand-by close to the position where the aircraft came to rest.

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap



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Distance from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Köln/Bonn Airport as the crow flies is 1295 km (809 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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