- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: January 19, 1961
Time: 20:25
Location: New York, New York (Idlewild)
Operator: Aeronaves de Mexico
Flight #: 401
Route: New York - Mexico City
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-21
Registration: XA-XAX
cn / ln: 45432/105
Aboard: 106   (passengers:97  crew:9)
Fatalities: 4   (passengers:0  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: An aborted takeoff caused the aircraft to crash through the airport barrier fence and burst into flames. The unnecessary discontinuance of the takeoff as a result of actions by the check-pilot who was either not in the pilot's seat or reached forward without warning and pulling the throttles back. This action caused power to be decreased on all four engines. Contributing factors were the marginally poor weather, snow on the runway and the possibility of the pitot head heat not being on.
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