Accident Douglas DC-8-21 XA-XAX, Thursday 19 January 1961
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Date:Thursday 19 January 1961
Type:Douglas DC-8-21
Owner/operator:Aeronaves de México
Registration: XA-XAX
MSN: 45432/105
Year of manufacture:1960
Total airframe hrs:529 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT4A-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 106
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL)
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The takeoff run from runway 07R was aborted, but the DC-8 crashed and burned.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was the unnecessary discontinuing of the takeoff as a result of the action by the check-pilot, who was not in either pilot seat, in reaching forward without warning and pulling the throttles back This action caused power to be decreased on all four engines. Contributing factors were the marginally poor weather, snow on the runway, and the possibility of the pitot head heat not have been on."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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