NTSB Identification: DEN85IA065.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27538.
Scheduled 14 CFR CONTINENTAL AIRLINES INC.
Incident occurred Thursday, January 17, 1985 in FLUSHING, NY
Aircraft: BOEING 727-224, registration: N79748
Injuries: 86 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

ACFT STRUCK A SEAWALL DIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM RUNWAY 13 AT LA GUADIA AIRPORT, FLUSHING, NY. ACFT CONTINUED ON TO DENVER, CO WHERE UNEVENTFUL LANDING WAS MADE. POST-FLIGHT INSPECTION REVEALED MINOR DAMAGE TO TAILSKID AND NUMBER 2 ENGINE THRUST REVERSER. INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED IMCOMPLETE AND INADEQUATE SNOW REMOVAL FROM RUNWAY AND LACK OF VISUAL CUES AVAILABLE DUE TO POOR WEATHER.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL..INADEQUATE..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..FOREIGN SUBSTANCE COVERED


Contributing Factors

METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES,ATIS..INACCURATE


Contributing Factors

UPDATING OF RECORDED WEATHER INFORMATION..NOT PERFORMED..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RUNWAY


Contributing Factors

ICE/FROST REMOVAL FROM AIRCRAFT..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY REMAINING DIST MARKERS..UNAVAILABLE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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