Runway excursion Accident Lockheed L-049E-46 Constellation N2735A, Tuesday 12 May 1959
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Date:Tuesday 12 May 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-049E-46 Constellation
Owner/operator:Capital Airlines
Registration: N2735A
MSN: 1978
Total airframe hrs:29589 hours
Engine model:Wright R-3350 (972TC18DA3)
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 44
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Pittsburgh-Greater Pittsburgh Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT)
Destination airport:Charleston-Kanawha County Airport, WV (CRW/KCRW)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Capital flight 983 touched down on the Charleston runway 32. The captain found braking to be ineffective and chose to groundloop the aircraft. During this manoeuvre the Constellation skidded and slid down a steep embankment. The aircraft caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's action of landing the aircraft too fast on the wet runway under conditions conducive to aquaplaning, making early deceleration impossible. An additional factor was the poor co-ordination of the crew throughout the approach and landing."

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


ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (124-126)


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