Accident Investigation Report: Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc., Washington National Airport, March 29, 1946

Transcontinental & Western Air's Flight 955, NC-86510, a Lockheed Model 049, Constellation, failed to stop on the wet runway following a landing and crashed on the southwestern boundary of Washington National Airport at 1234 March 29, 1946. Although the aircraft was extensively damaged, none of the crew of nine or the three passengers was injured. The Civil Aeronautics Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the poor judgment of the flight crew in attempting to land from a position which did not afford sufficient time to accomplish a satisfactory approach. A contributing factor was the poor landing technique of the pilot in failing to reduce the airspeed sufficiently for a safe landing. A further contributing factor was the lack of knowledge on the part of the crew concerning the poor braking action of rubber tires on a wet runway.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Adopted April 8, 1947; released April 21, 1947.
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    Civil Aeronautics Board

    1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20428
  • Publication Date: 1947-4-21


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 5p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: File no. 394-46, Docket no. SA-116
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2018 8:15AM