Event Details

Title:Gear fire, Overseas National Airways, Inc., McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63, N863F, Bangor, Maine, June 20, 1973
Micro summary:This McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63 experienced a gear fire following a rejected takeoff after a main gear tire blew.
Event Time:1973-06-20 at 0015 EDT
File Name:1973-06-20-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-74-01
Site of event:Takeoff Bangor RWY 15
Departure:Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine, USA
Destination:Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Airplane Type(s):Douglas DC-8-63
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Overseas National Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:34
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Overseas National Airways, Inc., Flight 4655, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63, was a nonscheduled 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, Florida, to Bangor, Maine, was routine. Flight 4655 departed the Overseas National Terminal at the Bangor International Airport about 0015 EDT, on June 20, 1973, and proceeded to runway 15. At 0024, 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.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was 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.

Learning Keywords:Operations - Bang, pop, crack, sizzle!
Operations - Evacuation
Operations - Rejected Takeoff before V1
Systems - Brake/Tire/Wheel Well Fire
Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - Tires


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