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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 15 March 1959
Time:00:53
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
C/n / 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
Airplane 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)
Nature:Cargo
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
Flightnumber:AA2815
Narrative:
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."

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


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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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