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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Date:Thursday 9 January 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair T-29D (CV-240)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 52-5826
MSN: 52-25
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:14473
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) W off Newport News, VA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Meridian-Key Field, MS (MEI/KMEI), United States of America
Destination airport:Hampton-Langley AFB, VA (LFI/KLFI), United States of America
Flightnumber: M32
A USAF Convair T-29D (52-5826) was returning from Meridian when it approached Langley AFB at night. At the same time a Cavalier Flyers Cessna 150H light aircraft, N50430, was in the area. Both aircraft were on a collision course but due to the reduced nighttime conspicuity of Cessna against a background of city lights, the USAF crew did not see the plane. Both aircraft collided at 1500 feet and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The human limitation inherent in the see-and-avoid concept, which can be critical in a terminal area with a combination of controlled and uncontrolled traffic. A possible contributing factor was the reduced nighttime conspicuity of the Cessna against a background of city lights."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 160 days (5 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-75-10
Download report: Final report

Mid air collision
Loss of control


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Convair-T-29D-52-5826

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 Meridian-Key Field, MS to Hampton-Langley AFB, VA as the crow flies is 1240 km (775 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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