Date: December 20, 2008
Time: 1818
Location: Denver, Colorado
Operator: Continental Airlines
Flight #: 1404
Route: Denver - Houston
AC Type: Boeing 737-500
Registration: N18611
cn / ln: 27324/2621
Aboard: 115   (passengers:110  crew:5)
Fatalities: 0   (passengers:0  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Before takeoff the crew were informed that there was a 27-knot crosswind, close to the airplane's limit of 33 knots. But in fact this was only the average speed. During the takeoff roll the plane was blown sideways by a 45-knot gust, well outside the captain's experience and training. When the rudder did not immediately correct the yaw, he assumed it had failed and stopped trying it. The plane ran onto rough terrain near the runway and was destroyed by impact and fire.

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