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Last updated: 18 June 2021
Datum:Sonntag 19 Mai 1974
Flugzeugtyp:Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Argosy 101
Fluggesellschaft:United States Department of Interior
Kennzeichen: N891U
Werknummer: 6655
Baujahr: 1959-07-20 (14 years 10 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 526
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Anchorage-Campbell Airstrip, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Anchorage-Campbell Airstrip, AK, USA
Flug nach:Aniak Airport, AK (ANI/PANI), USA
Takeoff from runway 20 was aborted because the aircraft was unable to get airborne. The Argosy overran by 630 m and ended up in a wooded area, catching fire. It appeared that the takeoff was attempted with the external gust-locks installed on the elevator.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
copilot - lack of familiarity with aircraft



photo of Armstrong-Whitworth-AW-650-Argosy-101-N891U
accident date: 19-05-1974
type: Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Argosy 101
registration: N891U

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Anchorage-Campbell Airstrip, AK to Aniak Airport, AK as the crow flies is 518 km (324 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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