The problem dealing with the steady three-dimensional flow of a second grade fluid near the stagnation point of an infinite plate moving parallel to itself with constant velocity has been investigated. By using the appropriate transformations for the velocity components and temperature, the basic equations governing flow and heat transfer have been reduced to a set of ordinary differential equations. These equations have been solved approximately subject to the relevant boundary conditions by employing a numerical technique. The effect of a nondimensional elastic parameter on the velocity components, wall shear stress, temperature and heat transfer has been examined carefully. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.