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Last updated: 19 September 2021
Date:Sunday 17 October 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: N37519
MSN: 43008/46
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:46423
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL (HSV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL (HSV/KHSV), United States of America
Destination airport:?
After accelerating through the V1 speed during takeoff the captain raised the nosewheel from the runway. Suddenly the nose undercarriage retracted and the aircraft sank back, contacting the runway with its nose. The captain retarded the throttles and the plane slid to a stop 272 feet beyond the runway end.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Premature retraction of the nosewheel assembly during the takeoff roll for an undetermined reason."

» NTSB File 1-0078


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