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Accident Report Detail

Pan American Airways, Inc., Boeing 707- 321C, N799PA

Executive Summary

Pan American Clipper, N799PA, a Boeing 701-32lC, cargo/mail flight bound for Vietnam via Tokyo, Japan, crashed on takeoff from Runway 23, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska, at approximately 0615 A.s.t. on December 26, 1968. The aircraft was destroyed. The accident was fatal to all three crewmembers, who were the only occupants aboard the aircraft.

Probable Cause

The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an attempted takeoff with the flaps in a retracted position. This resulted from a combination of factors: (a) inadequate cockpit checklist and procedures; (b) a warning system inadequacy associated with cold weather operations; (c) ineffective control practices regarding manufacturer's Service Bulletins; and (d) stresses imposed upon the crew by their attempts to meet an air traffic control deadline.

Accident Location: Anchorage , AK   Elmendorf Air Force
Accident Date: 12/26/1968
Accident ID: DCA69A0008

Date Adopted: 11/19/1969
NTSB Number: AAR-69-08
NTIS Number: PB-188233

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