Accident description
Last updated: 30 October 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 18 April 1977
Time:15:22
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: RP-C803
C/n / msn: 45937/324
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 127
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 140
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND) (   Japan) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan
Destination airport:Manila International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Flightnumber: 421
Narrative:
The DC-8 was 1000m into take-off, using runway 15L, when it lifted off prematurely. The aircraft banked left, touched down again, veered off the runway and continued 800m on the sod before coming to rest with the undercarriage and all 4 engines torn off.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Left elevator geared tab drive arm assemblies and elevator gust lock crank assembly had failed.


Sources:
» Flight International 14.05.1977 (1298)


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Distance from Tokyo-Haneda Airport to Manila International Airport as the crow flies is 2976 km (1860 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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