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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 3 juni 1977
Tijd:12:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-224 Advanced
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Continental Air Lines
Registratie: N32725
Constructienummer: 20655/934
Bouwjaar: 1973
Aantal vlieguren:12793
Motoren: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 7
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 84
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 91
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:CO63
Beschrijving:
Continental Air Lines Flight 63 struck powerlines and two utility poles just after takeoff from runway 21 at the Tucson International Airport, Arizona. The aircraft was damaged substantially after striking the powerlines and utility poles, which were located about 130 feet to the left of the runway centerline and about 710 feet from the departure end of the runway. The aircraft was landed safely at the Tucson Airport; there were no injuries.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's decision to take off under evident hazardous wind conditions which resulted in an encounter with severe wind shear and subsequent collision with obstacles in the takeoff path. The rate of climb of the aircraft in these conditions when flown according to prescribed operating procedures was not sufficient to clear the obstacles. However, if the aircraft's full aerodynamic capability had been used, collision with obstacles probably could have been avoided."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-78-9
Download report: Final report


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Tucson International Airport, AZ en Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ bedraagt 176 km (110 miles).

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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