Narrative: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 take-off. 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."
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 7075 km (4422 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.