United Airlines Flight 297
|Date||November 23, 1962|
|Site||Howard County, near Ellicott City, Maryland|
|Aircraft type||Vickers Viscount 745D|
On November 23, 1962 at approximately 12:24 P.M. EDT, it crashed just northwest of what is now Columbia, Maryland after striking a flock of whistling swans while cruising at 6,000 feet (1,800 m). The bird strike caused the horizontal stabilizer to separate, leading to loss of control and the crash which killed all on board. The crew were Captain Milton J. Balog, Copilot Robert J. Lewis, and Stewardesses Mary Kathryn Kline and Kaaren G. Brent. Captain Balog had been with Capital Airlines, which had operated Viscount N7430 (s/n 128) prior to Capital's merger with United.
Four crewmen and 13 passengers were killed, including six off-duty United employees.
- Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Report Vickers-Armstrong Viscount N7430
- FAA "Lessons Learned" from United Airlines Flight 297
- Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network