United Airlines Flight 297

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United Airlines Flight 297
Accident
Date November 23, 1962
Summary Bird strike
Site Howard County, near Ellicott City, Maryland
Aircraft type Vickers Viscount 745D
Operator United Airlines
Registration N7430
Passengers 13
Crew 4
Fatalities 17
Survivors 0

United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers Viscount 745D, was a scheduled flight from Newark International Airport (EWR/KEWR) in Newark, New Jersey to Washington, D.C. with 17 people on board.

On November 23, 1962 at approximately 12:24 P.M. EDT, it crashed just northwest of what is now Columbia, Maryland[1] 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.

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Coordinates: 39°14′28″N 76°54′05″W / 39.24111°N 76.90139°W / 39.24111; -76.90139


  1. ^ Civil Aeronautics Board, CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT UNITED AIR LINES, INC., VICKERS-ARMSTRONGS VISCOUNT, N 7430 NEAR ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 23, 1962, Washington: CAB, 1963, DOT Special Collection File No. 1-0034, p. 1