Date & Time: May 14, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
Ontario - Moffett
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
En route from Ontario (California) to Moffett AFB, the crew decided to perform five consecutive stalls. Doing so, the airplane lost 3,000 feet and suffered severe vibrations that caused structural damages to skin, stringers and bulkheads in the aft portions of the fuselage. The pilot requested permission to divert to Taft Airport for an emergency landing but shortly later, the airplane disintegrated in the air and crashed in a mountainous area located 7 miles east of Taft. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all five crew members were killed.
In-flight structural failure of the airframe.