mcdonnell douglas dc-8-63cf (n950jw)

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-8-63CF (REGISTRATION: N950JW)
Popski's Private Army
By Vladimir Peniakoff
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-8-63CF (REGISTRATION: N950JW)
On 11 December 1985 at 20:35 GMT, Arrow Air Flight MF1285R, a Douglas DC-8-63, departed Cairo, Egypt on an international charter flight to Fort Campbell, USA via Köln, Germany, and Gander. The flight had been chartered by the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to transport troops, their personal effects, and some military equipment to and from peacekeeping duties in the Sinai Desert. All 248 passengers were members of 101st Airborne Division (United States Army), based in Fort Campbell. The flight arrived at Köln at 01:21 were a complete crew change took place. The DC-8 departed for Gander at 02:50 GMT, where it arrived at 05:34 local time. Passengers were deplaned, the aircraft was refuelled, trash and waste water were removed, and catering supplies were boarded. The flight engineer conducted an external inspection of portions of the aircraft and the passengers then reboarded. Following engine start-up, the aircraft was taxied via taxiway "D" and runway 13 to runway 22 for departure. Takeoff on runway 22 was begun from the intersection of runway 13 at 06:45. The aircraft proceeded down the runway and rotated in the vicinity of taxiway "A", 51 seconds after brake release at an airspeed of about 167 KIAS. The aircraft gained little altitude after rotation, the speed reached 172 KIAS and began to decrease again, causing the DC-8 to descend. The airplane crossed the Trans-Canada Highway at a very low altitude. The pitch angle increased, but the aircraft continued to descend until it struck downsloping terrain approximately 3,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. The DC-8 broke up and burst into flames.

Fatalities: 256 / Occupants: 256
  1. US PARAS 2 Abrams, Mark Edward

    SURNAME Abrams FORENAME Mark Edward UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 19 GRAVESITE Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born...
  2. US PARAS 2 Bowen, Robert A.

    SURNAME Bowen FORENAME Robert A. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Chief Warrant Officer Third Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 37 GRAVESITE Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia Columbarium No.1 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  3. US PARAS 2 Brancato, Charles F.

    SURNAME Brancato FORENAME Charles F. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Sergeant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Clarksville,Tennessee killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
  4. US PARAS 2 Avillan, Luis Antonio

    SURNAME Avillan FORENAME Luis Antonio UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) (101 Finance Company,attached) RANK First Lieutenant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 27 GRAVESITE Puerto Rico National Cemetery,Bayamon,Puerto Rico Section J Site 35...
  5. US PARAS 2 Brown, Johnny L.

    SURNAME Brown FORENAME Johnny L. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Sumter,South Carolina killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
  6. US PARAS 2 Bittle, Sammy Dale

    SURNAME Bittle FORENAME Sammy Dale UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 19 GRAVESITE Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens,Cheraw,Chesterfield County,South Carolina ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  7. US PARAS 2 Brady, Darrin Patrick

    SURNAME Brady FORENAME Darrin Patrick UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (Company D,3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 19 GRAVESITE Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia Section 60 Site 3966 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  8. US PARAS 2 Brilya, William R.

    SURNAME Brilya FORENAME William R. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 20 GRAVESITE St Mary and St Joseph Cemetery,Fort Edward,Washington County,New York Section J Lot 40B ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  9. US PARAS 2 Bostwick, Paul Joseph

    SURNAME Bostwick FORENAME Paul Joseph UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 24 GRAVESITE St John's Cemetery,Rome,Oneida County,New York ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Binghamton,New York born...
  10. US PARAS 2 Bowen, John Patrick

    SURNAME Bowen FORENAME John Patrick UNIT 101 Military Police Company (101 Airborne Division) RANK Sergeant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Ocean County Memorial Park,Waretown,Ocean County,New Jersey ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Las Vegas,Nevada born...
  11. US PARAS 2 Buchanan, Gregory Alan

    SURNAME Buchanan FORENAME Gregory Alan UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 18 GRAVESITE Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery,Ledger,Mitchell County,North Carolina ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  12. US PARAS 2 Arrowood, Stuart N.

    SURNAME Arrowood FORENAME Stuart N. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Fayetteville,North Carolina killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
  13. US PARAS 2 Ziegler, Cathleen M.

    SURNAME Ziegler FORENAME Cathleen M. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Specialist Fourth Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Novi,Michigan killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
  14. US PARAS 2 Wyn, Robert,Jr

    SURNAME Wyn FORENAME Robert,Jr UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Fort Custer National Cemetery,Augusta,Kalamazoo County,Michigan Section 8 Site 53 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  15. US PARAS 2 Andrews, Danell

    SURNAME Andrews FORENAME Danell UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Specialist Fourth Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 22 GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Detroit,Michigan killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
  16. US PARAS 2 Aponte, Ivan R.

    SURNAME Aponte FORENAME Ivan R. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Specialist Fourth Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Puerto Rico National Cemetery,Bayamon,Puerto Rico Section J Site 34 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  17. US PARAS 2 Alexander, Herbert Dwayne

    SURNAME Alexander FORENAME Herbert Dwayne UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 23 GRAVESITE Ponchatoula Black Cemetery (Baptist),Ponchatoula,Tangipahoa Parish,Louisiana ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
  18. US PARAS 2 Bradley, John Trosper,Jr

    SURNAME Bradley FORENAME John Trosper,Jr UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Specialist Fourth Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Ashelawn Gardens of Memory,Asheville,Buncombe County,North Carolina ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
  19. US PARAS 2 Black, Haslund Ora

    SURNAME Black FORENAME Haslund Ora UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Command Sergeant Major NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE 48 GRAVESITE Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West,Hopkinsville,Christian County,Kentucky Section 4 Site 104 ADDITIONAL...
  20. US PARAS 2 Yeargan, Cary T.

    SURNAME Yeargan FORENAME Cary T. UNIT 502 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) (3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 12th December 1985 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Newton,Kansas killed in air crash Gander,Newfoundland
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