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Date:Saturday 4 December 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-580F SCD
Operator:Contract Air Cargo
Registration: N161FL
MSN: 430
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:29586
Engines: 2 Allison 501-D13D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:McAllen-Miller International Airport, TX (MFE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:McAllen-Miller International Airport, TX (MFE/KMFE), United States of America
Destination airport:McAllen-Miller International Airport, TX (MFE/KMFE), United States of America
The left propeller of the plane had recently been worked on, so a post-maintenance test flight was made. The flight departed McAllen at 13:54. During flight, the crew shut down the left engine, and then restarted the engine. When the engine restarted, the propeller was not operating properly, so the crew elected to shut the engine off once more. The crew proceeded to make an ILS single-engine approach to runway 13 and descended from the prevailing cloud layer at approximately 700 feet agl and a half-mile from the runway. Just prior to landing, the pilot stated that he asked the first officer to put in additional flaps. When the first officer attempted to lower the flaps down, they did not move. The pilot reported that this was the point when they noticed that the alternator light was illuminated and the hydraulic pressure gauge indicated "0". The landing gear were already extended and the flaps were partially extended, so the crew proceeded to land the airplane. Upon landing the brakes were ineffective. As a result, the airplane veered to the right and exited the runway. The airplane collided with the airport perimeter fence, continued down into a ditch, and came back up until it impacted a hill straight ahead.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure to activate the hydraulic pump which resulted in the pilot's inability to maintain directional control."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 116 days (4 months)
Accident number: DFW05LA029
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Runway excursion

» The Brownsville Herald


photo of Convair-CV-580F-N161FL
accident date: 04-12-2004
type: Convair CV-580F (SCD)
registration: N161FL


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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Convair CV-580

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