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Accident description
Last updated: 8 February 2016
Date:Thursday 27 July 1961
Time:14:20 GMT
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Boeing 707-328
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BHSA
C/n / msn: 17613/65
First flight: 1959
Total airframe hrs:3978
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH), Germany
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Flight 272 which was flying the Polar route Paris-Hamburg-Anchorage-Tokyo landed in Hamburg at 1224 hours GMT. While taking-off for Anchorage, the pilot had difficulty holding the aircraft on a straight heading along the runway and decided to abandon the takeoff. Despite his efforts, the aircraft veered to the left, ran off the runway and finally came to rest 2 840 m from the starting point in a depression 140 m from the runway. It was severely damaged. Four crew and six passengers were seriously injured. The aircraft was named "Chateau de Versailles".

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident could not be determined. The pilot could not keep the aircraft on the runway after abandoning take-off."

Cause undetermined
Runway excursion

» ICAO Circular 69-AN/61 (p. 143-146)


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Distance from Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 7075 km (4422 miles).

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