Narrative:The DC-8 freighter started rotating in a nose-high attitude 1500 feet into the takeoff. After becoming airborne at 2800 feet down the runway, the aircraft climbed to about 300-500 feet, rolled 20 degrees to the left, crashed and caught fire. The loss of pitch control was caused by the entrapment of a pointed, asphalt-covered object between the leading edge of the right elevator and the right horizontal spar web access door in the aft part of the stabilizer.
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
airframe - flight control surfaces: elevator assembly,attachments
miscellaneous acts,conditions - jammed
miscellaneous acts,conditions - interference with flight controls
miscellaneous - foreign material affecting normal operations
pilot in command - inadequate supervision of flight
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
Loss of control
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC as the crow flies is 364 km (227 miles).