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Accident description
Last updated: 19 February 2018
Date:Sunday 6 April 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 745D Viscount
Operator:Capital Airlines
Registration: N7437
C/n / msn: 135
First flight: 1956
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,7 km (0.4 mls) SW from Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America
Destination airport:Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS/KMBS), United States of America
Flightnumber: 67
The Freeland approach conditions were poor (restricted visibility and icing conditions) when the Viscount crew tried to perform a steep turn to align with the runway. A stall occurred, followed by an over-the-top spin. The crew didn't regain control and the aircraft crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control."

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (113-117)


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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 Flint-Bishop Airport, MI to Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI as the crow flies is 68 km (43 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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