Date & Time: Mar 10, 1997 at 1056 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Muscat – Abu Dhabi – Bahrain – Cairo
United Arab Emirates
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
During the takeoff roll on runway 31 at Abu Dhabi Airport, just before V1, the aircraft started to vibrate and longitudinal control was lost. The captain decided to abandon the takeoff procedure and initiate an emergency braking manoeuvre. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, lost its nose gear and came to a halt few dozen metres further. On impact, the cockpit and both engines were almost destroyed and the left wing broke in two.
It was determined that the vibration during the takeoff roll was the consequence of a tyre burst.