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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 13 September 1972
Time:22:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331C
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: N15712
C/n / msn: 20068/814
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:9424
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Flightnumber:TW604
Narrative:
During the takeoff roll on runway 01R the crew noticed vibration of the aircraft and a slowdown in acceleration after V1 speed. The takeoff was aborted and the aircraft overran into San Francisco Bay. The nosegear and no. 2 engine had separated and the outer 6 feet of the left wing had broken off after striking approach lights.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The initiation of rejected takeoff procedures, beyond V1 speed, with insufficient runway remaining in which to stop the aircraft. The crew action was prompted by the failure of the two right truck rear tires which produced a noticeable aircraft vibration and a reduction in aircraft acceleration."

Classification:

Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB/SIR-90/02 (4)


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Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 4124 km (2577 miles).

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