Capital Airlines Flight 67
|Date||April 6, 1958|
|Summary||Stall, loss of control|
|Site||Saginaw Bay near Freeland, Michigan
|Flight origin||Flint-Bishop Airport|
|Destination||Freeland-Tri City Airport|
Capital Airlines Flight 67 was domestic scheduled passenger flight operated by Capital Airlines that crashed on final approach to Freeland, Michigan, USA, during a severe snowstorm on April 6, 1958. The flight was en route from Flint-Bishop Airport to the Freeland-Tri City Airport (now MBS International Airport) when it crashed. Flight 67 was the first of four fatal crashes in the space of two years involving Capital Airlines Vickers Viscounts; the others were Capital Airlines Flight 300 (May 1958), Capital Airlines Flight 75 (May 1959) and Capital Airlines Flight 20 (January 1960).
Approach conditions towards Freeland were poor due to the weather; there was restricted visibility, and conditions were ripe for icing. The plane's crew apparently attempted a steep turn to align the craft with the runway. This caused the plane to stall, which was followed by a spin. The crew could not regain control, leading to the crash of the plane.
The official cause of the crash was listed as an undetected buildup of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, coupled with airspeed and the design of the aircraft, caused it to lose control. Furthermore, the aircraft's stall warning device was inoperative.
- "Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Report, Docket no. SA-331, File no. 1-0031" (PDF). (text version also available)
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- Capital Airlines accidents and incidents
- Accident description for Capital Airlines Flight 300 at the Aviation Safety Network
- Accident description for Capital Airlines Flight 67 at the Aviation Safety Network
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