Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of a Convair CV-240-2 in Nantucket: 25 killed

Accident description

  • Aug 15, 1958 at 2334 LT
  • N90670
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • LaGuardia – Nantucket
  • 90
  • 1948
  • NE258
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • USA
  • North America
  • 3
  • 3
  • 31
  • 22
  • 0
  • 25
  • 5603
  • 1416
  • 614
  • 132
  • 18019
  • During a night approach to Nantucket, the aircraft went through an area of fog. The crew decided to continue the approach when the airplane struck the ground, crashed and burned about 1,450 feet short of runway 24. All three crew members and 22 passengers were killed while nine others were injured, some of them seriously.
  • The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the deficient judgment and technique of the pilot during an instrument approach in adverse weather conditions in failing to abandon the approach when a visibility of one-eights mile was reported, and descending to a dangerously low altitude while still a considerable distance from the runway.