Bird strike Accident Convair CV-580 N4825C, Tuesday 25 July 1978
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Date:Tuesday 25 July 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Convair CV-580
Owner/operator:North Central Airlines
Registration: N4825C
MSN: 380
Year of manufacture:1956
Total airframe hrs:53343 hours
Engine model:Allison 501-D13
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 43
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Kalamazoo, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kalamazoo International Airport, MI (AZO/AZO)
Destination airport:Detroit (unknown airport), MI
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
No.1 engine birdstrike (Sparrowhawk) during takeoff (just past V1). The prop autofeathered during lift-off. This caused the aircraft to turn left and crash in a cornfield.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to follow the prescribed engine-out procedures during instrument meteorological conditions, which allowed the aircraft to decelerate into a flight regime from which he could not recover. Contributing to the accident were inadequate cockpit coordination and discipline."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA78AA019
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report



photo (c) PATCO; Kalamazoo, MI; 26 July 1978

photo (c) PATCO; Kalamazoo, MI; 26 July 1978

photo (c) PATCO; Kalamazoo, MI; 26 July 1978

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