Feb. 16, Rancho Cordova, Calif. / Douglas DC-8


At 19:51 PST a Douglas DC-8-71F operated as a scheduled cargo flight by Emery Worldwide Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff from Mather Field. The three crew members were killed. The flight had originated in Reno, Nev., and arrived in Rancho Cordova late. The crew still made a 58-minute turnaround. As it departed runway 22l, it rotated about halfway down the runway, banked to the left at low altitude and porpoised. A witness said he saw the airplane impact the ground in a left-wing-low, nose-low attitude, with the engines at a high power setting. Tapes of the communications with controllers showed that the pilot requested a return to the airport because of a problem with the center of gravity.


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