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Date:Wednesday 6 July 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188AF Electra
Operator:Fleming International Airways
Registration: N280F
MSN: 1076
First flight: 1959-08-02 (17 years 11 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Destination airport:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP/KYIP), United States of America
Autofeathering of the no. 2 engine forced the crew to abandon the takeoff. The aircraft was taxied back to the ramp and some maintenance was performed. The second takeoff was performed with the no. 2 engine at or below flight idle. The aircraft lifted off after a ground roll of 8000 feet, veered left and struck the ground.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - exercised poor judgment
pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - thrust reversal-unwanted
miscellaneous acts,conditions - oil exhaustion-propeller system
powerplant - propeller system: feathering pump
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: deficiency,company maintained eqpmt,services,regulation
miscellaneous acts,conditions - pilot fatigue

» NTSB File # 1-0018


photo of Lockheed-L-188AF-Electra-N280F
accident date: 06-07-1977
type: Lockheed L-188AF Electra
registration: N280F

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO to Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI as the crow flies is 691 km (432 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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