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Last updated: 24 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Monday 12 September 1966
Time:22:01
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7CF
Operator:Airlift International
Registration: N2282
C/n / msn: 45128/779
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:16054
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tachikawa Air Base (   Japan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Tachikawa Air Base (RJTC), Japan
Destination airport:Wake Island Airport (AWK/PAWK), U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Flightnumber: 184/2
Narrative:
The DC-7 was loaded with 27,484lb of cargo and was cleared to taxy to runway 01 at 21:45. After receiving IFR clearance for Wake Island, the crew reported ready for takeoff and requested the use of the paved runway overrun area. The request was approved. The aircraft failed to rotate at 121 knots (V2) and even accelerated through 128 knots without being able to rotate. The engines were stopped and maximum braking was applied, but the aircraft overran and ran through a fence. The landing gear failed and the aircraft slid to a stop 1700 feet from the runway end. It appeared that the aircraft had been loaded incorrectly causing takeoff centre of gravity to be well forward of the allowable limit.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper cargo loading which resulted in the inability of the aircraft to be rotated for take-off under existing conditions."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Accident number: NTSB File 1-0016
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits

Runway excursion

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Distance from Tachikawa Air Base to Wake Island Airport as the crow flies is 3209 km (2005 miles).

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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