United Air Lines Flight 297

United Air Lines Flight 297Friday November 23, 1962
The aircraft penetrated a flock of Whistling Swans at 6,000 ft. One, estimated to be 13 pounds, struck the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer, weakening the structure and causing it to detach. The aircraft lost control and broke-up in mid-air and crashed. Separation of the horizontal stabilizers, which had been weakened by a collision with a Whistling Swan.

Crash Details

DateFriday November 23, 1962
LocationEllicott City, Maryland
Passengers14
Crew4
Fatalities18
Survivors0
Aircraft TypeVickers Viscount 745D
OperatorUnited Air Lines
RegistrationN7430
Flight OriginNewark
Flight Destination Washington D.C.
Ellicott City, Maryland
United Air Lines
Vickers Viscount 745D
1962