Date: January 19, 1955
Time: 16:25
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 329
Route: Newark - Des Moines - Lincoln
AC Type: Convair CV-340
Registration: N73154
cn / ln: 180
Aboard: 39   (passengers:36  crew:3)
Fatalities: 0   (passengers:0  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Almost complete loss of elevator control and severe vibration was experienced shortly after taking off from Des Moines. The plane when into a steep climb and almost stalled but the captain applied full power and went into a steep dive. The captain then reduced power and headed for open country where the aircraft safely made an emergency wheels up landing in a corn field. A series of omissions made by maintenance personnel during a scheduled inspection which resulted in the release of the aircraft in an unairworthy condition and an almost complete loss of elevator control during flight.

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