Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63 N863F, Wednesday 20 June 1973
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Date:Wednesday 20 June 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63
Owner/operator:Overseas National Airways - ONA
Registration: N863F
MSN: 46001/395
Year of manufacture:1967
Total airframe hrs:18453 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 251
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Bangor International Airport, ME (BGR) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bangor International Airport, ME (BGR/KBGR)
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Overseas National Airways Flight 4655, a McDonne11 Douglas DC-8-63, was a non-scheduled charter flight from Tampa, Florida, to Geneva, Switzerland, via Bangor, Maine, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
There were 251 passengers aboard the flight. The flight from Tampa to Bangor was routine. Flight 4655 departed the terminal about 00:15 local time and proceeded to runway 15. At 00:24, the local controller cleared the aircraft for takeoff.
The captain stated that he heard a "loud, muffled sound" during the takeoff roll. In addition, there was a "slight jarring of the aircraft to the right." The captain then rejected the takeoff and brought the aircraft to a stop on a taxiway adjacent to runway 15.
Fire broke out in the area of the right main landing gear and severely damaged the right main landing gear system, the right wing, and the right side of the fuselage.
Thirty-four passengers were injured, three of them seriously, as they evacuated the aircraft through the emergency escape system.

Probable cause: "The undetected deflation of a right main landing gear tire as the aircraft was taxiing for takeoff. The additional loads imposed upon two other tires caused them to fail during the takeoff roll. Subsequently, the wheel assemblies were damaged. The fire was ignited by the friction between the metal wheels and the runway pavement."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC73AN153
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


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