ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-249F N806FT Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
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Date:Tuesday 11 October 1983
Time:08:05 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-249F
Operator:Flying Tiger Line
Registration: N806FT
MSN: 21827/406
First flight: 1979-10-15 (4 years)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
After an intermediate stop in Frankfurt the Boeing 747 having arrived from New York taxied to runway 25R to depart to Amsterdam. Three crew members, three passengers, and two pallets with the cargo which had not been unloaded but was to be flown to its destination airport Amsterdam, were on board the cargo airplane. When starting the takeoff run the pallet on the right side detached and slid backwards causing substantial damage to the airplane. Due to the centre-of-gravity shift, the Boeing rotated into a nose-up attitude. The pilot-in-command rejected the takeoff run at a speed of about 70 kt.
The airplane exited the runway to the left and came to rest between the runways.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Even though it has been shown by tests that the side locks if not correctly engaged, may open when the pallet is pushed sidewards, it must be assumed that the shifted pallet had not been secured. The simple design of the locks to restrain the pallets requires thorough visual inspection since the locks do not automatically take a definite open or locked position. Pressure of time, lack of supervision and non-adherence to operational procedures together with communication difficulties between the crew and the ramp service men led to a chain of unfortunate conditions. The necessary final checks concerning loading, in the end, were omitted or were conducted only superficially."

Rejected takeoff
Cargo shift
Runway mishap

» ICAO Circular 196-AN/119


photo of Boeing-747-249F-N806FT
accident date: 11-10-1983
type: Boeing 747-249F
registration: N806FT
photo of Boeing-747-249F-N806FT
accident date: 11-10-1983
type: Boeing 747-249F
registration: N806FT

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 Frankfurt International Airport to Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport as the crow flies is 363 km (227 miles).

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