Airplane Crash - Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska 12/26/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska


Date12/26/1968
LocationElmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
OperatorPan American World Airways
RouteSan Francisco - Anchorage - Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
TypeBoeing 707-321CF
RegistrationN799PA
Aboard3
Fatalities3
Ground0
SummaryThe stickshaker sounded shortly after VR. The aircraft rotated and climbed slowly. The right wing contacted the snow covered ground 94 feet left of the extended centerline at a distance of 2,760 feet from the runway. The aircraft rolled inverted and broke up. The probable cause was an attempted takeoff with the flaps in a retracted position. This resulted from a combination of factors: a) inadequate cockpit checklist and procedures; b) a warning system inadequacy associated with cold weather operations; c) ineffective control practices regarding manufacturer's Service Bulletins; and d) stresses imposed upon the crew by their attempts to meet an air trafficontrol deadline.

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