Accident description
Last updated: 23 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 2 January 1975
Time:13:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54P (DC-4)
Operator:Transvall Corp.
Registration: N37AP
C/n / msn: 10430
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tucson-Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (DMA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Tucson-Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (DMA/KDMA), United States of America
Destination airport:Daggett-Barstow-Daggett Airport, CA (DAG), United States of America
Narrative:
Take-off from Davis-Monthan AFB was attempted with the gust locks engaged. The crew failed to abort the take-off, causing the DC-4 to overrun the runway.
Inadequate pre-flight preparation and lack of familiarity with the aircraft were the cause of the crew's failure to remove the gust locks prior to take-off.


PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
FACTORS:
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: inadequate supervision of flight crew
miscellaneous - unqualified person operated aircraft
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - downwind

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Tucson-Davis Monthan AFB, AZ to Daggett-Barstow-Daggett Airport, CA as the crow flies is 619 km (387 miles).

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