digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















TWA Flight 800
Boeing 707-331, Trans World Airlines - TWA AN0575882.jpg
A TWA Boeing 707-331 similar to the aircraft involved in the accident
Occurrence summary
Date 23 November 1964
Summary Engine failure
Site Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy
41°48′10″N 12°14′15″E / 41.80278°N 12.23750°E / 41.80278; 12.23750Coordinates: 41°48′10″N 12°14′15″E / 41.80278°N 12.23750°E / 41.80278; 12.23750
Passengers 62
Crew 11
Injuries (non-fatal) 23
Fatalities 50
Survivors 23
Aircraft type Boeing 707-331
Operator Trans World Airlines
Registration N769TW
Flight origin Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome, Italy
Destination Ellinikon International Airport, Athens, Greece

TWA Flight 800 was a Boeing 707 that crashed during take off on runway 25 at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome at 13:05 GMT on a flight to Athens International Airport, Greece on 23 November 1964. As the Boeing 707 was at 80 knots, the instruments for No. 4 engine indicated zero thrust and the thrust reverser deployment light for No. 2 engine illuminated. The crew aborted the takeoff at a speed below V1 at 800-900m down the runway. The aircraft did not slow down as quickly as the crew expected and veered to the right, whereupon No. 4 engine struck a pavement roller. The aircraft caught fire and traveled another 260m before coming to rest. The accident killed 50 passengers and crew on board, with 23 passengers and crew surviving.


The cause of the accident was an inoperative No. 2 engine reverse thrust system, even though indications in the cockpit were that the reverser had deployed. This was caused by the disconnection of a duct with resulting lack of pressure in the pneumatic clamshell door actuating mechanism. This malfunction allowed the development of considerable forward thrust by No. 2 engine even though the thrust levers for all four engines were in the "reverse" position.

More information about this accident can be found in a book published in 1967, called "Airline Safety is a Myth". It was written by the captain of this aircraft, Vernon William Lowell. He survived the accident and went on to become a passionate advocate for improved safety in airline travel.


1. Aviation Safety Network Accident Summary [1]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800_(1964) — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
544 videos foundNext > 

Best Evidence: TWA Flight 800

An examination of the suspect events surrounding TWA Flight 800.

TWA Flight 800 Remastered Re-creation

Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, ...

TWA Flight Operations Training Film - 1964

Neat and very rare TWA company film discussing approach and landing procedures in a Boeing 707. Simulator scenes, plus actual aircraft & cockpit footage ...

Trans World Airlines Flight 800 ATC Recording July 17, 1996

While on a flight from New York to Paris, France, the aircraft exploded at FL 130, broke up and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, N.Y. The NTSB ...

TWA Flight 800 Trailer July 2013

Like us on https://www.facebook.com/moviegreenzone Please Subscribe For More Latest Movie Updates, Trailers and Stuffs Around the world !

NEW EVIDENCE on TWA Flight 800 Disaster Revealed in Documentary Megyn Kelly Fox News 6 19 13

For All The Latest Videos On US Politics And Entertainment Please Subscribe To This Channel.

Air Crash Investigation TWA Flight 800 'Explosion over New York' Trans World Airlines Flight

Investigation A Wing Damaged BRAND NEW SERIES Nowhere To Land FULL VIDEO air show accidents,air show accident,air show pilot,air show dayton,when ...

TWA Flight 800.Documentary 2013

TWA Flight 800 (Documentary Film 2013) A thought-provoking documentary about the ill-fated Trans World Airline Flight 800 to Paris, France, which exploded ...

'TWA Flight 800' 'Forces came from outside the aircraft'

TWA Boeing 707-131B Milk Commercial - 1964

Like Milk? Then have Milk!! Classic commercial from 1964, featuring a nice scene of a "Starstream 707" at altitude. Be sure to check my channel for the best in ...

544 videos foundNext > 

We're sorry, but there's no news about "TWA Flight 800 (1964)" right now.


Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight