- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: December 12, 1985
Time: 06:45
Location: Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
Operator: Arrow Airways
Flight #: MF1285R
Route: Gander - Fort Campbell, KY
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8 Super 63PF
Registration: N950JW
cn / ln: 46058/433
Aboard: 256   (passengers:248  crew:8)
Fatalities: 256   (passengers:248  crew:8)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft stalled and crashed during takeoff. Two-hundred-forty-four members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky were killed in the accident. There is controversy surrounding this crash. The majority opinion of the board was that the cause of the sequence leading up to the stall and crash could not be determined, with icing a possibility. The minority opinion was that the crash was possibly caused by detonation of an explosive device of unknown origin in a cargo compartment which led to an in-flight fire and loss of control of the aircraft.
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