Accident Convair CV-240-0 N94234, Sunday 20 March 1955
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Date:Sunday 20 March 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Convair CV-240-0
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94234
MSN: 66
Year of manufacture:1948
Total airframe hrs:13383 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 35
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Springfield Municipal Airport, MO (SGF) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL
Destination airport:Springfield Municipal Airport, MO (SGF/KSGF)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Struck ground 0,25 miles short while flying visually below low clouds.

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."

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


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


  • 26th worst accident in 1955
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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