ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54S (DC-4) N44905 Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ (MSC)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 15 May 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54S (DC-4)
Operator:Biegert Aviation
Registration: N44905
MSN: 22159
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ (MSC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ (MSC/KFFZ), United States of America
Destination airport:Chandler-Stellar Air Park, AZ (SLJ), United States of America
The C-54 did not lift off on takeoff, overran the runway and collided with a dirt bank. The elevator gust locks were not removed prior to takeoff.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
miscellaneous acts,conditions - checklist-failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged

Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Runway excursion



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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 Mesa-Falcon Field, AZ to Chandler-Stellar Air Park, AZ as the crow flies is 25 km (16 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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