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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Sunday 15 March 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-0
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N94273
MSN: 150
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs:22720
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83AM4A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) SE of Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-Midway Airport, IL (MDW/KMDW), United States of America
Collided with a steel tower (96 feet high) while on the second ILS approach. The aircraft crashed in a railroad yard, skidded across tracks.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's descent below his allowable minimum altitude and his inattention to flight instruments while attempting to locate the runway visually."

» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (106-108)


photo of Convair-CV-240-0-N94273
accident date: 15-03-1959
type: Convair CV-240-0
registration: N94273

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Chicago-Midway Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1156 km (722 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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