Airplane Crash - Martinsburg, West Virginia 06/04/1958

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Martinsburg, West Virginia


Date06/04/1958
Time13:58
LocationMartinsburg, West Virginia
OperatorCapital Airlines
RouteTraining
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationN49553
Cn/In4820
Aboard3
Fatalities1
Ground0
SummaryFollowing the trainee-pilot's failure to maintain minimum-control speed during an attempted go-around, the instructor-pilot failed to take control of the aircraft in sufficient time to prevent a critical loss of altitude. A contributing factor was the malfunction of the landing gear latch which delayed retraction of the landing gear and caused the distraction of the instructor-pilot for several seconds during a critical period of the go-around.

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