Thursday, September 12, 2019

Convair CV-440F, N24DR: Fatal accident occurred September 11, 2019 near Toledo Express Airport (KTOL), Lucas County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Olmsted, Ohio
Pratt & Whitney; East Hartford, Connecticut
National Transportation Safety Board; Washington, District of Columbia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Monclova, OH
Accident Number: CEN19MA312
Date & Time: 09/11/2019, 0239 EDT
Registration: N24DR
Aircraft: Convair 440
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 125: 20+ Pax,6000+ lbs 

On September 11, 2019, at 0239 eastern daylight time, a Convair 440 airplane, N24DR, impacted trees and terrain while on final approach to runway 25 at the Toledo Express Airport (TOL). The accident site was located about 1/2-mile from the runway arrival threshold in Monclova, Ohio. Both pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Ferreteria E Implementos San Francisco under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 125 as a non-scheduled cargo flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was being operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Millington-Memphis Airport (NQA), Millington, Tennessee, at 2314 central daylight time and was destined for TOL.

According to the operator, the flight crew initially departed Laredo International Airport (LRD) about 1838 central time the evening before the accident and arrived at NQA about 2210 central time. The airplane was refueled before departing on the accident flight.

Preliminary air traffic control position data depicted the airplane proceeding direct to TOL after departure from NQA at a cruise altitude of 7,000 ft mean sea level. About 39 miles southwest of TOL, the airplane entered a cruise descent in preparation for approach and landing. The flight crew was subsequently cleared to land at 0235 when the airplane was about 5 miles southeast of TOL. The pilot acknowledged the landing clearance; however, no further communications were received. The airplane ultimately became established on final approach for runway 25 before radar contact was lost. No problems or anomalies were reported during the flight.

The airplane struck trees beginning about 0.12-mile east of the accident site; about 0.65-mile northeast of the runway arrival threshold. The initial strikes were about 55 ft above ground level. Multiple tree breaks were observed along the flight path through the wooded area east of the accident site. A ground impact scar was located west of the wooded area and led to the accident site. The impact path was oriented on a westerly heading. The airplane came to rest in a parking lot about 0.50-mile from the threshold and near the extended centerline of the runway.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Convair
Registration: N24DR
Model/Series: 440 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Ferreteria E Implementos San Francisco
Operator Designator Code: FEIB

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: TOL, 683 ft msl
Observation Time: 0252 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Millington, TN (NQA)
Destination: Toledo, OH (TOL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.596389, -83.783889

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Douglas Robert Taylor
February 12th, 1947 – September 11th, 2019

Douglas Robert Taylor, 72, of Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, died on September 11, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Goff Taylor and Virginia Clare Milliken Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 56 years, Marilyn Buchannan Taylor; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura Clare and Shane Michael Coogan; his siblings Ann Reeves, Dr. Susan Jane Taylor, James Carl Taylor, and Janet Taylor Carpenter, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. Doug, a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, attended the University of Texas at Austin before pursuing a career in aviation in Corpus Christi. He inherited his love for flying from his father, who tutored and shaped him as his career developed, and who instilled in him a respect for aviation that was evident in his professional pursuits. He lived and worked in Laredo for over 40 years, where he owned and operated many types of aircrafts. He was most proud of his “tail draggers”, especially his beloved Curtiss C-46 Commando which he named “Bullet,” that he flew with precision across the United States and Mexico. He had many business ventures including building houses with his company Equity Homes. At the time of his death he was an active pilot for work and pleasure and proud co-operator of the FBO Barker Ground Services. He was gifted since childhood with a fascination for all things mechanical, but also had an uncommon appreciation for literature, history and economics. His heart was tender for those he loved. He spoke truthfully, which made his counsel so valuable. He was revered for his native intelligence, encyclopedic knowledge, common sense, generous spirit and sense of fairness. He was unfettered and unconventional. He was a faithful mate, a superb father to the child he doted on, and a steady mentor for those interested in improving their skills. None of us want to let him go, but now he will fly for eternity and be forever in our hearts. TEMPUS FUGIT. Services will be held Saturday, September 21st, 2019 12:30 pm at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 1018 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78208. Burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements by Celebration of life will be held at 4pm at Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida St, San Antonio, TX 78210. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church at

Donald Peterson

Donald "Don" Peterson, 69, of Laredo, formerly of Sioux City, died September 11th, 2019, from injuries sustained in an plane crash near Toledo, Ohio.

Don was born on Jan. 20, 1950, in Sioux City, the son of Axel Peterson and Bernice (Stevens) Peterson-Lohrman. He attended and graduated from Leeds High School, in Sioux City, in 1968.

He married Kathy Eagle in 2002. Don served with the U.S. Army Rangers in Vietnam. He did gold mining in Montana from 1988 to 1995. He was a pilot in Alaska for 11 years before moving to Laredo, where he flew cargo planes. His favorite pastime was fishing.

Don is survived by his wife, Kathy; and three stepchildren, Shannon Irons of Washington, Carol Harker and Bobby Irons of Montana.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Two people were confirmed dead after a cargo plane crashed near Toledo Express Airport on Wednesday at 2:37 a.m. 

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office said the plane crashed on Garden Road east of the airport in Bubba's Mobile Truck Repair Heavy Duty Towing's parking lot. 

Troopers worked with law enforcement officials in Texas to notify next of kin. Crew members were identified as Douglas R. Taylor, 72, and Donald C. Peterson Sr., 69, both of Laredo, Texas. 

Investigators said flight N24DR traveled to Millington, Tennessee from Laredo, Texas, then to Toledo.

The aircraft struck multiple unoccupied vehicles on the ground near I-80 and a significant fire resulted from the impact.

Port authority official said the Convair CV-440F was owned by Barker Aeromotive, Inc., and was loaded with automotive parts.  

The crash did not affect any flights arriving or departing at the airport, and business at Toledo Express Airport operated normally.

Multiple fire departments from different counties in the area were called to work on the fire which appears to be under control. 

Toledo hazmat was also called to the scene to do air quality monitoring to check explosive levels as a safety precaution.

There were a couple of road closures due to the crash. However, all roads have since reopened.

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  1. I'm going to miss following N24DR on flightaware. It was one of the few Convairs still flying. I've watched it fly out of Laredo for years. Making midnight runs delving car parts up north. To the family and friends of the two pilots, I'm sorry for your loss. The plane was 66 years old, the pilots, 72 and 69. They had left Laredo flying at 7000 feet with a stop in Tenn, then on to Toledo where it all ended at 2:30 in the morning. That had to be a long hard night of flying for anyone, not counting those two guys. Anyway, it's sad all the way around. Lost two old pilots with years of flying time and a piece of history, Convair N24DR

  2. In 1977 Aspen Airways flew CV440 into Aspen from Denver. They were dependable but seemed a bit on the edge at the airport elvn of 7700. Aspen Airways replaced them with CV580 aircraft and they seemed to perform much better. I always enjoyed watching both models of Convair coming and going. Quite the work horses and great pilots too boot!!

  3. RIP old freight dogs. This plane was similar to the plane that crashed killing members of Lynyrd Skynyrd which was caused by fuel starvation/pilot error.

  4. engine start

    and departure

    and arrival


  5. Many hours in the right & left seats of a Convair 340/440. This was back in the 1960's. Wonderful airplane. I loved flying it. We didn't have auto pilots in our's so it was hand fly all the way. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this great airplane.

  6. In 1965, leaving Fort Know basic training on military stand by, flew a DC-3 to Cleveland, then the most hair raising flight to Erie, PA on a Convair 340. From the moment of lift off we rocked and rolled in heavy lake effect snow. I served another +20 years, flew in many of aircraft and conditions in CONUS, SE Asa, Korea and Europe, that flight left paxs and plane in a mess of upset stomachs.

  7. "Medical. That right there. "

    Soooooooo tired of theses age bigots...

  8. Age bigots must be the same group the can’t understand steam gauges or analog clocks.
    Be patient one day they’ll get it !

  9. The picture of what appears to be the right prop shows almost no rotational scoring and the blades are bent back. This indicates the engine wasn't producing power (or very little) at the time of impact and the prop was windmilling.

    Loss of power on final approach with no time to get the prop feathered and the outcome is not going to be good. Also, there doesn't appear to be much of a debris path.

  10. ^^^^^

    Adding to the above .... BIG prop = barn door type drag if not feathered.



  11. A such low speed on approach, if that was indeed the case, of a windmilling, unfeathered prop, the pilots would have little chance of recovery. It had nothing to do with the age of the pilots.

  12. "A such low speed on approach, if that was indeed the case, of a windmilling, unfeathered prop, the pilots would have little chance of recovery. It had nothing to do with the age of the pilots."

    I agree.

    Clipped the first trees at 55' agl then traveled another 600+ to 700+ feet before coming to rest .... upright. Considering the picture of the prop I think he was dealing with a windmilling unfeathered prop. Looks like he flew the plane, as best he could, all the way to the accident site.

    Good job ... too bad they were unable to walk away.

    RIP guys.


  13. Summary final report