Accident Vickers 812 Viscount N242V, Tuesday 29 January 1963
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Date:Tuesday 29 January 1963
Time:22:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 812 Viscount
Owner/operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N242V
MSN: 356
Year of manufacture:1958
Total airframe hrs:12860 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Midland Air Terminal, TX (MAF/KMAF)
Destination airport:Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport, MO (MKC/KMKC)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Viscount aircraft made a straight-in approach to runway 18 but continued in flight at low altitude over the runway. Near the south end of the runway, at a height of about 90 feet, the plane was observed to pitch down sharply in a wings-level attitude and strike the ground.
Weather conditions at the airport were above VFR minima, but during the let-down from cruising altitude and during the landing approach, the flight encountered conditions which were conducive to the formation of rime ice deposits.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with a specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control."

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

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume II, Circular 78-AN/66 (34-46)

Statistics

  • 56th worst accident in 1963
  • 48th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 17th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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