Airplane Crash - Lax, Los Angeles, California 03/01/1978

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - LAX, Los Angeles, California


Date03/01/1978
Time09:25
LocationLAX, Los Angeles, California
OperatorContinental Airlines
Flight #603
RouteLos Angeles - Honolulu
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
RegistrationN68045
Cn/In46904
Aboard200
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryWhile approaching V1 speed on takeoff, a loud bang was heard followed by shaking of the aircraft. The crew decided to abort the takeoff. With the end of the runway approaching, the captain steered the aircraft off the runway to the right. The landing gear failed and resulted in a fire. The plane slid for approximately 650 feet and came to rest 40 feet right of the runway centerline. Several passengers not heeding the warnings of the stewardess exited onto the wing and fell into the fire. Failure of two tires on the left main landing gear resulting in failure of a third tire during a critical point in the takeoff. This was to be pilot Gene Hershe's last flight before retiring.

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