ASN logo
Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 7 August 1975
Time:16:11
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-224
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N88777
C/n / msn: 19798/608
First flight: 1968-07-16 (7 years )
Total airframe hrs:23850
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 124
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 131
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT/KICT), United States of America
Flightnumber:CO426
Narrative:
Continental Air Lines Flight 426 crashed after takeoff from the Denver-Stapleton International Airport, Colorado. The aircraft climbed to about 100 feet above runway 35L and then crashed near the departure end of the runway. The 134 persons aboard the aircraft survived the crash; 15 persons were injured seriously. The aircraft was damaged substantially.
At the time of the accident, a thunderstorm with associated rainshowers was moving over the northern portion of the airport. The thunderstorm was surrounded by numerous other thunderstorms and associated rainshowers but none of these were in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft's encounter, immediately following take-off, with severe windshear at an altitude and airspeed which precluded recovery level flight; the windshear caused the aircraft to descend at a rate which could not be overcome even though the aircraft was flown at or near its maximum lift capability throughout the encounter. The windshear was generated by the outflow from a thunderstorm which was over the aircraft's departure path."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-76-14
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (261-271)


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

Show all AD's and Safety Recommendations

Photos

Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Map
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 Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS as the crow flies is 683 km (427 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.
languages: languages

Share

Boeing 727

  • 1832 built
  • 23rd loss
» safety profile