Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 27 July 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-328
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BHSA
C/n / msn: 17613/65
First flight: 1959
Total airframe hrs:3978
Cycles:1080
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) show on map
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
Flightnumber: 272
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."

Classification:
Cause undetermined
Runway excursion

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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 Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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