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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Monday 23 May 1988
Time:17:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-22
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses - LACSA
Registration: TI-LRC
C/n / msn: 18856/199
First flight: 1965-10-22 (22 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (   Costa Rica)
Crash site elevation: 921 m (3022 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Destination airport:Managua Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Flightnumber: 628
Narrative:
The takeoff was abandoned after V1 because the aircraft wouldn't rotate. The aircraft overran runway 07, collided with a fence, crossed a ditch, struck a hill and caught fire.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Excess weight in the front cargo hold displaced the centre of gravity to the forward limit. Two additional trim units would have been required for takeoff.

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Runway excursion

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/89 (#2)


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
22 OCT 1965 N7049U United Airlines
22 JAN 1979 N7049U Allegheny Airlines
28 OCT 1979 N7049U US Air airline renamed
29 SEP 1983 N7049U Key Airlines
N31KA Key Airlines new registration
14 FEB 1986 YV-90C Avensa
30 APR 1986 N300AA Gulf Air Transport
14 MAY 1987 TI-LRC LACSA leased

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 San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport to Managua Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (199 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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