Airplane Crash - Des Moines, Iowa 01/19/1955

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Des Moines, Iowa


Date01/19/1955
Time16:25
LocationDes Moines, Iowa
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #329
RouteNewark - Des Moines - Lincoln
TypeConvair CV-340
RegistrationN73154
Cn/In180
Aboard39
Fatalities0
Ground0
SummaryAlmost complete loss of elevator control and severe vibration was experienced shortly after taking off from Des Moines. The plane when into a steep climb and almost stalled but the captain applied full power and went into a steep dive. The captain then reduced power and headed for open country where the aircraft safely made an emergency wheels up landing in a corn field. A series of omissions made by maintenance personnel during a scheduled inspection which resulted in the release of the aircraft in an unairworthy condition and an almost complete loss of elevator control during flight.

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