Photograph of an ONA DC-10 on Landing
Photograph of an ONA DC-10 on Landing
Photo copyright Richard Vandervord - used with permission
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Airplane Life Cycle
  • Design / Manufacturing
  • Operational
Accident Threat CategoriesGroupings
  • Bird Hazards
  • Uncontained Engine Failure
  • Uncontrolled Fire / Smoke

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Accident Common Themes
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Overseas National Airways Flight 032, DC-10-30

Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

Date: November 12, 1975


At approximately 1310 Eastern Standard Time on November 12, 1975, Overseas National Airways (ONA) Flight 032, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-30 airplane, crashed while attempting to take off from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York. During takeoff roll on runway 13R, the airplane struck a flock of sea gulls, causing the crew to perform a rejected takeoff. The number 3 engine and several tires and wheels disintegrated, and the landing gear collapsed. A resulting fuel leak led to an extensive ground fire which destroyed the airplane. Of the 128 passengers and 11 crewmembers on board, two people were seriously injured and 30 were slightly injured.