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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 (IATA code: FCO, ICAO code: LIRF) , Rome, Italy
Destination Ellinikon International Airport (former IATA code: ATH, former ICAO code: LGAT), 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.


After the incident TWA did not cancel the flight number like most other airlines. Many years later a 747-131 Blew up shortly after take off from New York. See TWA flight 800


1. Aviation Safety Network Accident Summary [1]

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