Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62H-AF N730PL,
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Date:Tuesday 12 March 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62H-AF
Owner/operator:Air Transport International - ATI
Registration: N730PL
MSN: 46161/552
Year of manufacture:1971
Total airframe hrs:50145 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK)
Destination airport:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot felt that the force needed to pull the yoke aft was too great and aborted the takeoff. The aircraft overran, striking a sand berm and an ILS shack. Both main gears and all four engines broke off. The flight engineer had calculated the "V"-speeds and trim settings for a 242,000 lb (109770 kg) takeoff weight, while the actual takeoff weight was 342,000 lb (155130 kg).

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper preflight planning/preparation, in that the flight engineer miscalculated (misjudged) the aircraft's gross weight by 100,000 lbs and provided the captain with improper takeoff speeds; and improper supervision by the captain. Factors related to the accident were: improper trim setting provided to the captain by the flight engineer, inadequate monitoring of the performance data by the first officer, and the company management's inadequate surveillance of the operation. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC91FA086
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Air Safety Week 10 April 1995 (p. 3-4)
Flight International
ICAO Adrep Summary 4/94 (#96)



photo (c) John Rocklein; New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK); 12 March 1991

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU); December 1988

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