Saturday, August 14, 2004

Convair 580 crash history

The Convair 580 typically is used to haul freight, although the plane can hold up to 56 passengers.

Convair 580s have been involved in 24 accidents or crashes since 1963 involving 196 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Since 1977, there have been 156 accidents or incidents involving Convair 580s in America, Federal Aviation Administration reports show. Since 2000, there have been 15 service difficulty reports, which indicate a major maintenance issue during a flight, filed with the FAA.

The last fatal crash of a CV580 was in October 2003 in New Zealand. The Air Freight NZ flight was carrying mail from Christchurch to Palmerston North on a rainy night. People reported engine noises, a bang and objects falling from the sky.

Two crewmembers were killed.

The last fatal crash in the United States of a Convair 580 was in November 1985, when a U.S. Navy-owned plane crashed on takeoff from Dothan, Ala., when the plane's elevators locked. Three crewmembers were killed.

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