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June 1987 Accident: Alaska 72S @ ANC?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:12 pm


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Photo description says this aircraft was written off because of accident at ANC on June 1987. Was this plane flying for Alaska Airlines at the time of accident?

Does anyone have stories about the June 1987 ANC accident please?
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RE: June 1987 Accident: Alaska 72S @ ANC?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:35 pm

Status: Final
Date: 09 JUN 1987
Time: 08:55
Type: Boeing 727-90C
Operator: Alaska Airlines
Registration: N766AS
Msn / C/n: 19728/536
Year built: 1968
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew: 0 fatalities / 2 on board
Passengers: 0 fatalities / 0 on board
Total: 0 fatalities / 2 on board
Airplane damage: Written off
Location: Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC) (United States of America)
Phase: Pusback / towing (PBT)
Nature: -
Departure airport: -
Destination airport: -
Narrative:
The mechanic in charge of taxiing the empty aircraft allowed an avionics technician to occupy the pilots seat. They inadvertently deactivated the brake pressurization system. The aircraft struck a passenger jet way and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"Brakes(normal)..inadvertent deactivation..company maintenance personnel
Checklist..not used..company maintenance personnel
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
Planning/decision..inadequate..company maintenance personnel"
 
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RE: June 1987 Accident: Alaska 72S @ ANC?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:53 pm

Yup, the short story is that the mechanics, who wheren't licensed to taxi ran it into B-1 on the domestic terminal, setting the aircraft on fire.

2 rampers hooked up a towbar and pushed it off of the terminal, which probably saved the whole building from going up.

When I got out of the Army in 94 and ramped for AS that summer you could still see the old concrete pad the support post for B-1 was bolted to...I think it is gone now that they repoured the gates a few years back.

I understand that the people in the cafeteria there got a really good view of the action.
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RE: June 1987 Accident: Alaska 72S @ ANC?

Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:20 pm

Quoting September11 (Thread starter):

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