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Last updated: 20 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:samedi 20 septembre 1975
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF
Compagnie:Airlift International
Immatriculation: N6161A
Numéro de série: 45969/396
Année de Fabrication: 1968
Heures de vol:27391
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Mineurs
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:101
Airlift International Flight 101, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-8-63Fm struck components of the runway 22L instrument landing system, the runway 4R automatic landing system flasher, and the runway 4R field monitor while taking off from runway 22L at the New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The accident occurred during the hours of darkness and reduced visibility. The takeoff was made on an 8,400-foot runway using calculations for a takeoff on a 11,352-foot runway.
The four occupants aboard were not injured. The aircraft was damaged slightly and several navigation aid ground components were destroyed.

Probable Cause:

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain's decision to use a runway that was too short for the aircraft's takeoff performance capability under existing load and weather conditions. As a result, the aircraft struck obstacles beyond the departure end of the runway before it began to climb. The flightcrew had failed to use available data which would have informed them that the runway was not long enough for the takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 186 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-76-11
Download report: Final report


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY et Miami International Airport, FL est de 1745 km (1091 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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