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Runway Overrun Following Rejected Takeoff, Continental Airlines Flight 795 McDonnell Douglas MD-82, N18835

Executive Summary

On March 2, 1994, about 1759:46 eastern standard time, Continental Airlines flight 795, a McDonnell Douglas MD·82, registration N18835, sustained substantial damage when the captain rejected the takeoff from runway 13 at LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, New York. The airplane continued beyond the take off end of runway 13 and came to rest on the main gear wheels with the nose pitched downward, so that the fuselage was balanced on top of a dike. The underside of the nose lay on a tidal mud flat of Flushing Bay. There were 110 passengers, 2 flightcrew members and 4 flight attendants aboard the airplane. There were no fatalities, and no serious injuries were reported. There were 29 minor injuries to passengers, all of which were sustained during the evacuation, and 1 minor injury to a flightcrew member. There was no postcrash fire.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable causes of this accident were the failure of the flightcrew to comply with checklist procedures to turn on an operable pitot/static heat system, resulting in ice and/or snow blockage of the pitot tubes that produced erroneous airspeed indications, and the flightcrew's untimely response to anomalous airspeed indications with the consequent rejection of takeoff at au actual speed of 5 knots above VI.

Accident Location: Flushing , NY   LaGuardia Airport
Accident Date: 3/2/1994
Accident ID: DCA94MA038

Date Adopted: 2/14/1995
NTSB Number: AAR-95-01
NTIS Number: PB95-910401

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