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Accident description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Date:Friday 4 April 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic CARV model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
Operator:Custom Air Service
Registration: N83FA
C/n / msn: 5/10365
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:50558
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Griffin-Spalding County Airport, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Griffin-Spalding County Airport, GA, United States of America
Destination airport:Americus-Souther Field Airport, GA (KACJ), United States of America
An IFR flight plan was filed by the crew for a flight to Americus, GA to pick up a load of automobile parts for transfer to Rockford, IL.
During the airplane's takeoff roll on runway 14, a witness noted that the color of the no. 1 engine exhaust flame changed from blue to yellow, accompanied by an audible change in the engine power level. The nose of the airplane yawed left and the left wing dipped. This occurred when the airplane was about 3/4 down the 3,700 foot runway. The Carvair overran the runway, ran across Zebulon Road and slammed into the vacant Piggly Wiggly building near the Spalding Square parking lot and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's inadequate procedures, during a rejected takeoff following a possible engine malfunction at a critical time in the takeoff, and the second pilot's physical impairment. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: ATL97FA057
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion

» NTSB Identification: ATL97FA057
» Cargo Airplane Strikes Building During Rejected Takeoff


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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