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Status:Final
Date:Monday 9 December 1968
Time:18:30
Type:Lockheed L-1649A Starliner
Operator:Fly by Night Safaris
Registration: N7314C
MSN: 1016
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 96
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Prior to departure from Las Vegas (LAS), the airplane was erroneously serviced with jet fuel. On takeoff the Starliner became airborne prior to V2 speed. A partial loss of power forced the pilot to carry out a belly landing. Parts of the propellers broke of as they contact the runway. Fragments punctured the fuselage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: improperly serviced aircraft (ground crew)
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel contamination-exclusive of water in fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel grade-improper
pilot in command - premature lift-off
miscellaneous acts,conditions - intentional wheels-up

Sources:
» NTSB


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