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Last updated: 14 April 2021
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 13 August 1972
Time:00:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321
Operator:Jugoslovenski Aerotransport - JAT
Registration: YU-AGA
C/n / msn: 17601/76
First flight: 1959-10-21 (12 years 10 months)
Total airframe hrs:44272
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 186
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Rijeka Airport (RJK/LDRI), Croatia
Flightnumber:JU3410
Narrative:
Jugoslovenski Aerotransport (JAT) Flight 3410 was involved in an accident during a rejected takeoff from runway 13R at the New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, USA. There were 175 passengers and a crew of 11 aboard the aircraft at the time of the accident; 15 passengers and a steward were injured during the evacuation from the aircraft.
During the takeoff, the right cockpit sliding window came open, which made a loud noise. This action occurred 3 seconds after the cocaptain had called V1. The captain initiated action to reject the takeoff.
The aircraft ran off the end of the runway, struck the blast fence, and came to a stop approximately 120 feet from the end of the paved surface and 80 feet to the right of the runway. The left wing and engines Nos. 1 and 2 were damaged by impact and the ensuing fire. The crew and passengers successfully exited the aircraft.
The emergency equipment from the Port of New York and New Jersey Authority arrived on the scene in approximately 4 minutes and extinguished the flames.

Probable Cause:

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the unknown degraded capability of the heavily loaded aircraft's braking system, which precluded stopping the aircraft within the runway distance available. The reduced braking capability resulted from a malfunctioning V-3 relay in the left antiskid control shield of the aircraft's braking system, which rendered two of the eight-wheel brakes ineffective. A sound like that of an explosion in the cockpit during the takeoff roll caused the captain to reject the takeoff.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 234 days (8 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-73-7
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Rijeka Airport as the crow flies is 6788 km (4242 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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