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Continental Airlines Flight 290
Occurrence
DateJanuary 29, 1963
SiteKansas City Municipal Airport
Aircraft
Aircraft typeVickers Viscount
OperatorContinental Airlines
RegistrationN242V
Flight originMidland International Air and Space Port
1st stopoverLubbock Preston Smith International Airport
2nd stopoverWichita Falls Regional Airport
3rd stopoverLawton–Fort Sill Regional Airport
4th stopoverWill Rogers World Airport
5th stopoverTulsa International Airport
DestinationCharles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport
Passengers5
Crew3
Fatalities8
Survivors0

Continental Air Lines Flight 290 was a scheduled flight from Midland, Texas, to Kansas City, Missouri, via Lubbock, Wichita, Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. The Vickers Viscount crashed after aborting an approach to Runway 18 at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. All 8 people on board were killed in the accident. The crash was caused by icing.

Crash[edit]

Continental Air Lines Flight 290, a Viscount 812, registration N242V, a scheduled flight from Tulsa, Oklahoma, crashed at the Kansas City Municipal Airport, Kansas City, Missouri, at 10:40pm, January 29, 1963. All the occupants, three crew members and five passengers, received fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by impact and subsequent fire. After making a straight-in approach to land on runway 18, in visual flight conditions, the aircraft continued to fly over the runway in a nose-up attitude without touching down. Near the south end of the runway, from an altitude of approximately 90 feet, the aircraft nosed over sharply, wings level, and dived into the ground. The main wreckage came to rest 680 feet beyond the end of the runway. [1]

Investigation[edit]

The CAB determines that the probable cause of this accident was an undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with a specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control.[2] During the flight, it flew through clouds with a temperature from -3 to -5 degrees Celsius, and though anti-icing was turned on for various parts of the aircraft, it was not turned on for the airfoil, leading to icing.[1]

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