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ONA stories by Al Quack
My ONA and Other
Aviation Experiences
by Al Quack



Al in ONA uniform 1966


Cockpit of ONA N864 DC-8-63


ONA DC-8-55F Contender at Travis AFB


Contender


Air Siam Flt Hawaii July 1971


CLOSE CALL
Al Quack tells about his experiences
flying as a flight engineer for ONA.

Close call

A close call for all onboard during take-off of ONA aircraft N863F, Charter Flight #4655. On the evening of June 20, 1973 at Bangor, Maine airport, our crew was to meet ONA passenger flight coming in from Tampa, FL and fly it on to Europe. I did my normal preflight of the aircraft with my flashlight as we (F/E’s) always used and everything appeared to be normal. On take-off roll before V1 call (decision speed for continued Take-Off) we all heard a bang, which sounded like a main tire blew. The Captain immediately rejected the take-off and almost immediately thereafter the tower called and said we had sparks coming from our right main gear. While reversing the engines and braking the aircraft the tower called again and said that we now have a fire on our right main gear. We told the tower to call the emergency equipment, which he did. As the aircraft was coming to a stop, there was a taxiway coming up on our left side, which the Captain turned off the runway onto and stopped the aircraft. He told me to shut down three and four engines and he called for aircraft truck steps to be brought out immediately to get the passengers off. He then said he was going back to the cabin to see how bad the fire was. The fire had started feeding off the hydraulic fluid from broken brake lines, rubber tires and the magnesium wheels, so it was going pretty good coming up the right side of the fuselage just aft of the trailing edge of the right wing by the cabin windows, by the time the airport fire department got to it. I was worried about the other two engines still running with people on the ground around the aircraft, which I informed the Co-Pilot of my concern for their safety. About that time the Captain came back in the cockpit and said that the Flight Attendants had just initiated the emergency evacuation, as some passengers had opened the left over-wing hatches on their own and a few passengers were already out on the left wing. The Captain told me to shut down the other two engines, which I did immediately, then accomplished the secure cockpit checklist. After all the passengers were off, the Captain and I went through the cabin twice front to back with our flashlights to make sure everybody was off, meanwhile the flames were still visible out the right cabin windows. After we finally got off the aircraft the fire department was just getting the fire under control and knocked down. During this whole fire emergency I kept thinking this aircraft is pretty full of fuel in both wings for our flight and I kept hoping the fire department could get it out before it ignites too, or we’ll have a bigger catastrophe than we already have. All our Flight Attendants did a fantastic job getting everybody off safely and in a timely manner. There were some passenger casualty’s as expected due to the evacuation, but no fatalities thank goodness! The aircraft a DC-8-63F (N863F) was repaired and put back in service.






ONA AC 864 at Dacca Bangladesh 1974 - ONA DC-8 N1976 in Spain 1975 - ONA DC-7C 1966




Al Quack in National uniform with daughter Susan
Jeri Quack in EAL Uniform Miami 1959
Al in ONA Uniform 1966
Al & Jeri - Fifty Years Wedding Anniversary 1959 - 2009


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