Accident Boeing 727-22 TI-LRC, Monday 23 May 1988
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Date:Monday 23 May 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-22
Owner/operator:Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses - LACSA
Registration: TI-LRC
MSN: 18856/199
Year of manufacture:1965
Total airframe hrs:50624 hours
Cycles:40903 flights
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) -   Costa Rica
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC)
Destination airport:Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA/MNMG)
Investigating agency: DGAC Costa Rica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.

Discontinuation of the takeoff run after the decision speed (V1) due to sensation problems by the pilot in the control of the aircraft in its pitching movement (transverse axis), during the rotation phase, which was caused by an erroneous adjustment of the horizontal stabilizer, without having been subsequently corrected, as a result of the overload in the front compartment of the aircraft and improper distribution of the same, causing the aircraft's Center of Gravity (CG) to move to the front to an extreme position. The above was not manifested in the Weight and Balance document, leaving the aircraft destroyed by impacts and fire upon entering irregular terrain at the end of the available runway length.

Deficiencies in the organizational and control system of the company operating the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DGAC Costa Rica
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ICAO Adrep Summary 2/89 (#2)



photo (c) Julian Acuña; San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO); 26 May 1988

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Miami International Airport, FL (MIA); May 1988

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