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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 26 February 1954
Time:10:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-1
Operator:Western Air Lines
Registration: N8407H
C/n / msn: 37
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:12145
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:31 km (19.4 mls) ENE of Wright, WY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
Destination airport:Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP/KRAP), United States of America
Flightnumber: 34
Narrative:
Western Air Lines Flight 34 departed from Salt Lake City (SLC) at 08:50. The Convair proceeded IFR to Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP). The flight reported as being over the Wright intersection at 10:25, at 17,000 feet, estimating Rapid City at 10:50. Weather conditions in the area probably included moderate to heavy icing and moderate to severe turbulence. The Convair suddenly entered a rapid descent and struck the ground at high speed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A sudden emergency of undetermined origin under adverse weather conditions resulting in rapid descent and impact with the ground at high speed."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (59-63)


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Distance from Salt Lake City International Airport, UT to Rapid City Regional Airport, SD as the crow flies is 811 km (507 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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