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Last updated: 27 May 2016
Date:Tuesday 8 September 1970
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF
Operator:Trans International Airlines
Registration: N4863T
C/n / msn: 45951/414
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD/KIAD), United States of America
Flightnumber: 893
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
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-71-12
report released:19 August 1971
duration of investigation: 12 months
download report: Trans International Airlines Corp., Ferry Flight 863, Douglas DC-8-63F, N4863T, J.F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, September 8, 1970 (NTSB/AAR-71-12)

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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).

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