Accident Lockheed L-749A Constellation NC86530, Sunday 30 January 1949
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Date:Sunday 30 January 1949
Time:16:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-749A Constellation
Owner/operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC86530
MSN: 2528
Year of manufacture:1947
Total airframe hrs:3561 hours
Engine model:Wright R-3350 (749C18BD1) Cyclone
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:over Port Washington, NY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA)
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
While climbing in VFR through 3500-4000 feet the Constellation collided with a Cessna 140 (NC76891) private plane. The Cessna was on a local flight from Meriden, CT and was flying in level flight on a right converging course. The Cessna crashed, but the Constellation landed safely at Mitchel AFB.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the joint failure of the Constellation pilots to observe and avoid the Cessna aircraft in flight, and of the Cessna pilot, while on an airway and in an area where a heavy concentration of traffic could be expected, to remain alert and avoid the Constellation."

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

Sources:

CAB File No. 1-0013

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