Crash of a Convair CV-240-27 near Hampton

Date & Time: Mar 7, 1997 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N357T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Griffin - Augusta
MSN:
340
YOM:
1953
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
18000
Captain / Total hours on type:
35.00
Aircraft flight hours:
16331
Circumstances:
About two minutes into the flight, the pilot noticed a high cylinder head temperature on the right engine. The pilot opened the cowl flap doors and the cylinder head temperature dropped 200 degrees. When the pilot noticed a reduction in right engine power, he elected to shut down the engine. The copilot was instructed to secure the right engine in accordance with the emergency procedures. Unable to maintain altitude, the pilot selected an emergency landing to a large open field, and the landing gear collapsed during the landing. Examination of the airplane at the accident site disclosed that the engine cowl flaps on both engines were in the open position. Examinations of the right engine subsystems failed to disclose a mechanical malfunction or component failure. A review of the normal and emergency procedures for the aircraft disclosed that the cowl flaps normal position for the shutdown engine is closed. A review of the aircraft performance data revealed that the airplane was capable of maintaining flight and a climb attitude with one engine. There was no cargo on the airplane. During the pilot's subsequent type rating reexamination in the Convair 240-27, the pilot failed to demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge in emergency procedures during the oral examination. The pilot subsequently surrendered the Convair 240-27 type rating to the FAA.
Probable cause:
A partial loss of power on one engine for undetermined reason(s), and the pilot's failure to follow aircraft emergency procedures. A factor was inadequate transition/upgrade training.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-240-53 in Nuevo Laredo

Date & Time: Jan 24, 1997
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XA-SOZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
53-12
YOM:
1954
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Suffered an accident upon landing at Nuevo Laredo-Quetzalcóatl Airport. Both pilots escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Convair CV-240 in Boise

Date & Time: Jul 27, 1993 at 1317 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N156PA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Boise - Boise
MSN:
324
YOM:
1953
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2128
Captain / Total hours on type:
1400.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1
Circumstances:
Left seat pilot was receiving a flight check for ATP and CV-240 type rating; right seat pilot was FAA OPS inspector. Following a simulated single-engine approach the airplane landed wheels up. Left seat pilot had received a total of 1.4 hrs left seat training in CV-240 prior to this flight; log book not endorsed.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear, and the check pilot's inadequate supervision. A factor in the accident was the pilot's inadequate upgrade training by the company.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-240D in Akron

Date & Time: Nov 28, 1991 at 1434 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N450GA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Akron - Columbus
MSN:
52-83
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
18528
Circumstances:
Shortly after departure the airplane was seen climbing to an altitude of about 200 feet agl. Witnesses saw smoke coming from one of the engines and heard a 'popping noise.' The pilot executed a forced landing in a field. The airplane struck electrical wires and fence then burst into flames. The airplane had refueled just prior to take off, and the fuel receipt showed that 300 gallons of jet (A) fuel was put into the tanks. The normal fuel used in the airplane was 100LL.
Probable cause:
The use of an improper grade of fuel, which was approved by the captain and resulted in a loss of engine power during climbout and an in flight collision with terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-240-23 off Puerto Rico: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 30, 1990
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-376CT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Juan - Santo Domingo
MSN:
177
YOM:
1950
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While in cruising altitude on a cargo flight from San Juan to Santo Domingo, the aircraft suffered a structural failure and crashed in the sea off Puerto Rico. The aircraft was totally destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
It is understood that modifications were performed to the main cargo door and that the aircraft suffered a sudden decompression after the door failed in flight because modifications were not completed according to procedures.

Crash of a Convair CV-240 in Mérida: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 31, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-HUL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
229
YOM:
1952
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while taking off from Mérida-Rejon Airport. A passenger was killed while all 19 other occupants were rescued.

Crash of a Convair CV-240-6 near Okeechobee

Date & Time: Sep 22, 1980 at 0200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZP-CDO
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
62
YOM:
1949
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew attempted to land by night on a cow pasture with portable lights at each end near Okeechobee. The airplane struck trees and crashed. Both occupants were no recovered and injuries presumed. It is believed this was an illegal contraband flight from Central or South America.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees and subsequent crash after the crew selected an unsuitable terrain. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The crew misjudged distance and speed,
- Failed to initiate a go-around.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-240-62 in Florida

Date & Time: Jul 23, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-899
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
236
YOM:
1952
Location:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances somewhere in Florida while engaged in an illegal flight.

Crash of a Convair CV-240-0 in Daytona Beach: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1980 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N300GR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Daytona Beach - Santo Domingo
MSN:
115
YOM:
1948
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
7300
Captain / Total hours on type:
25.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Daytona Beach-Spruce Creek Airport, the right engine caught fire and exploded. The crew failed to abort the takeoff and continued. During initial climb, the captain decided to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft descended, crashed in a field and burst into flames. The aircraft was destroyed by fire and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled collision with ground during initial climb after the crew attempted operation with known deficiencies in equipment. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The pilot-in-command failed to abort takeoff,
- Inadequate preflight preparation,
- Improperly loaded aircraft,
- Fire in engine,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- The crew was aware that oil lines were 15 years old,
- The aircraft was approximately 7,353 lbs over gross weight for takeoff conditions.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-240-0 off Haïti: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N8330C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
109
YOM:
1948
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Port-au-Prince Airport on an illegal flight to the US. About 45 minutes after takeoff, the crew declared an emergency and reported a fire on the right engine and right wing. He was cleared to return to Port-au-Prince when the airplane went out of control and crashed into the sea few km offshore. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine fire in flight for undetermined reasons.