Thursday, September 12, 2019

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

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 11-SEP-19
Time: 03:19:00Z
Regis#: N24DR
Aircraft Make: CONVAIR
Aircraft Model: 440
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 125
State: OHIO

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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Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Echo the above... well said.

Henry M Lagergren said...

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!!

Anonymous said...

Medical. That right there.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

engine start

and departure

and arrival


Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

"Medical. That right there. "

Soooooooo tired of theses age bigots...

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.