Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 15 May 1979
Time:14:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54S (DC-4)
Operator:Biegert Aviation
Registration: N44905
C/n / msn: 22159
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ (MSC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ (MSC), United States of America
Destination airport:Chandler-Stellar Air Park, AZ (SLJ), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-54 did not lift off on takeoff, overran the runway and collided with a dirt bank. The elevator gust locks were not removed prior to take-off.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ to Chandler-Stellar Air Park, AZ as the crow flies is 25 km (16 miles).

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