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Last updated: 16 January 2022
Date:Tuesday 3 August 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BGNA
MSN: 4510
First flight: 1953
Total airframe hrs:2479
Engines: 4 Wright R-3350 (972TC18DA1)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Preston City, CT (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Destination airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
The ILS approach to New York-Idlewild Airport was discontinued because of unexpected heavy turbulence, heavy rain and low ceiling. The crew then elected to divert to Boston. Fuel exhaustion then forced the flight crew to carry out a belly landing in a field. The Constellation burned out.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate in-flight planning, in that the captain did not make a firm selection of a suitable airport within range of the fuel remaining at the time of the missed approach, necessitating an off-airport landing."

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (131-139)


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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 Paris-Orly Airport to New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 5791 km (3619 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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