Event Details

Title:Runway overrun, Trans World Airlines, Inc., B-707, N742TW, The Greater Cincinnati Airport, Erlanger, Kentucky, November 6, 1967
Micro summary:This airplane overran the runway following an aborted takeoff in which it was believed the airplane clipped another airplane stuck in the mud.
Event Time:1967-11-06 at 1836 EST
File Name:1967-11-06-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-1968-09-11
Diversion Airport:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Covington, Kentucky,
Site of event:Greater Cincinnati Airport
Departure:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Covington, Kentucky,
Destination:Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 707
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Trans World Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:13
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Covington, Kentucky,
Executive Summary:Trans World Airlines, Inc., Flight 159, a B-707, N742TW, crashed while attempting to abort a takeoff from Runway 27L at the Greater Cincinnati Airport, Erlanger, Kentucky, at approximately 1841 EST, on November 6, 1967. The 29 passengers and 7 crewmembers all escaped from the aircraft. Eleven occupants were treated for injuries and one died 4 days later.

The first officer of Flight 159 was making the takeoff. In the takeoff roll, he heard a loud report from the right side of the aircraft, and experienced a yaw and movement of the flight controls as his aircraft missed a Delta Air Lines DC-9 which was mired adjacent to the runway. He concluded that his aircraft had struck the DC-9 and attempted to abort the takeoff. Just previous to the abort, he had checked his air- speed and believed that he was at or near V1. The flight ran off the end of the runway approximately 421 feet. The main landing gear was sheared, and the aircraft was extensively damaged by the ground slide and fire.

The Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the inability of the TWA crew to abort successfully their takeoff at the speed attained prior to the attempted abort. The abort was understandably initiated because of the first officer's belief that his plane had collided with a Delta aircraft stopped just off the runway. A contributing factor was the action of the Delta crew in advising the tower that their plane was clear of the runway without carefully ascertaining the facts, and when in fact their aircraft was not a safe distance under the circumstance of another aircraft taking off on that runway.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Air Traffic Control
Operations - Near-Ground Collision
Operations - Rejected Takeoff after V1
Operations - Runway Overrun


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