Accident Convair CV-240-0 N94229, Tuesday 22 January 1952
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Date:Tuesday 22 January 1952
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: N94229
MSN: 54
Year of manufacture:1948
Total airframe hrs:6633 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83AM3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5,5 km SE of Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Syracuse-Hancock Airport, NY (SYR/KSYR)
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 6780 originated at Buffalo, New York, for Newark, New Jersey, with stops scheduled at Rochester, New York, and Syracuse, New York. The first two legs of the flight were uneventful. At 14:01 the airplane departed Syracuse and climbed to the assigned cruising altitude of 7000 feet. The flight reported over Paterson, New Jersey at 15:21 at 7,000 feet and was cleared to descend. At 15:39, at an altitude of 1500 feet, the flight was told it could start its approach inbound from Linden. The flight reported leaving Linden inbound at 1541, and was instructed to listen to advisories from Ground Control Approach on the frequency of the localizer voice transmission and cleared to land on runway 06. At five miles out the flight was 900 feet left off course, but the Newark radar controller guided the crew for the approach. At three and a half miles out the plane drifted to the right until it was 900 feet off course. The airplane continued off course and descended until it crashed and burned at the approximate corner of the intersection of Williamson and South Streets in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This position is about 2,100 feet to the right (southeast) of the glide path and about 3-3/8 miles from the touch-down point on runway 06.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that there is insufficient evidence available at this time upon which to predicate a probable cause."

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


CAB File No. 1-0016


  • 16th worst accident in 1952
  • 10th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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