Airplane Crash - Chicago, Illinois 11/24/1959

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Chicago, Illinois

LocationChicago, Illinois
OperatorTrans World Airlines
Flight #595
RouteChicago - Los Angeles
TypeLockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
SummaryShortly after taking off the plane experienced a fire warning in the No. 2 engine, shut it down and attempted to return to Midway Airport. During the final approach the aircraft banked in excess of 45 degrees and developed an excessive sink rate. When the aircraft reached the tops of trees its wings were nearly level and its nose was raised in a climbing attitude but the descent continued and the plane crashed one quarter of a mile southeast of the airport. The accident was the consequence of manuvering the aircraft during the turn to final approach in such a manner as to cause a rate of sink from which recovery was not possible. Sometime during the turn the flaps were retracted from 60% to 24% causing a loss of lift.

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