Date: November 23, 1962
Time: 1224
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 297
Route: Newark - Washington D.C.
AC Type: Vickers Viscount 745D
Registration: N7430
cn / ln: 128
Aboard: 18   (passengers:14  crew:4)
Fatalities: 18   (passengers:14  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: 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.

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