Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 21 June 1974
Time:06:56 UTC
Type:Boeing 727-46
Operator:Dan-Air Services
Registration: G-BAEF
C/n / msn: 18879/254
First flight: 1966-04-07 (8 years 3 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 126
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 134
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:London-Luton Airport (LTN) (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Greece
Narrative:
During its take-off from runway 26 at Luton Airport the aircraft did not leave the ground until very near the end of the runway. After taking off it struck the centre section of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) localiser aerial array, sited beyond the end of the runway, and a number of the approach lights of runway 08. Although the aircraft suffered damage it climbed away successfully and later made a normal landing at Gatwick Airport.

CAUSE:
The accident resulted from the cumulative effect of three factors viz:
(i) The erosion of the take-off run available,
(ii) the delay in starting rotation, and
(iii) the very slow rate of rotation.

Factors which contributed to (i) above were:
1. Loss of effective take-off run available due to positioning from a 180 degree turn for start of take-off.
2. Check setting to 1.4 EPR whilst rolling.
3. Incorrect setting of take-off thrust.
4. The effect of a probable 06 knot tail wind component.

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - U.K.
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 13/1975
download report: Boeing 727 Series 46, G-BAEF. Report on the accident at Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, on 21 June 1974 (AAIB AAR 13/1975)
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Distance from London-Luton Airport to Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport as the crow flies is 2055 km (1285 miles).

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