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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Fecha:lunes 4 julio 1966
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-52
Operador:Air New Zealand
Registración: ZK-NZB
Numéro de série: 45751/231
Año de Construcción: 1965
Horas Totales de la Célula:2275
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 5
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Auckland International Airport (AKL) (   Nueva Zelanda)
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), Nueva Zelanda
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), Nueva Zelanda
At 15:50 the engines of DC-8 ZK-NZB were started in preparation for a routine crew training flight within the Auckland terminal zone, which was scheduled to last two hours. The aircraft taxied to runway 23 for departure. At 15:59 the flight was cleared for takeoff when ready. The aircraft made an apparently normal takeoff roll. Rotation appeared more rapidly achieved and steeper than usual and the aircraft’s tail passed unusually close to the runway surface. Almost immediately, the starboard wing dropped and the aircraft began turning to starboard while still in a nose-up attitude. The aircraft lost height by sideslipping inward and the starboard wing tip then struck a grassed area close to the edge of the runway. The aircraft pivoted about its nose at a fuselage-to-ground angle of about 50 degrees. Fire broke out in the vicinity of the starboard wing root and the aircraft rapidly began to disintegrate. Following nose impact, the entire flight deck section broke loose and eventually came to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The incurrance of reverse thrust during simulated failure of no. 4 engine on takeoff. That condition arose when very rapid rearward movement of the power level generated an inertia force which caused the associated thrust brake lever to rise and enter the reverse idle detent. After lift-off, the minimum control speed essentially required to overcome the prevailing state of thrust imbalance was never attained and an uncontrollable roll, accompanied by some degree of yaw and sideslip in the same direction, ensued. When the condition of reverse thrust was recognised and eliminated, insufficient time and height were available to allow the aircraft to recover from its precarious attitude before it struck the ground."

» Aircraft Accident Report No. 1647 Douglas DC-8-52 : ZK-NZB Auckland International Airport 4 July 1966
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume II, Circular 82-AN/69 (68-72)

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