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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Sunday 19 April 1970
Time:05:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
Operator:Scandinavian Airlines System - SAS
Registration: SE-DBE
C/n / msn: 45823/279
First flight: 1967
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 65
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy)
Crash site elevation: 5 m (16 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Flightnumber: 986
Narrative:
The no. 1 engine suffered a uncontained failure 50 m into the takeoff roll. Debris bounced off the runway against the wing and ruptured the center fuel tank. The leaking fuel caught fire.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: Failure of no. 1 engine first stage fan disk, causing a leak in the no. 2 fuel tank.

Classification:

Uncontained engine failure


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 689 km (431 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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