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Results for Structural Failure:
Title Description Date
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1

The de Havilland Comet 1 Aircraft experienced a series of inflight breakups before it was discovered that the fuselage fatigue life was far shorter than testing had revealed.

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 783, de ...more

May 2, 1953, January 10, 1954, April 8, 1954
Braniff L-188 (Electra) in Texas
Northwest L-188 (Electra) in Indiana

On September 29, 1959, Braniff Airways Flight 542, a Lockheed Model L-188A (Electra) airplane, experienced left wing airborne disintegration near Buffalo, Texas. The flight was scheduled between Houston, TX and New York International Airport, with ...more

September 29, 1959; March 17, 1960
United Viscount 745D in Maryland

United Airlines Flight 297, a Vickers-Armstrongs Model Viscount 745D airplane, was en route between Newark, NJ and Washington, D.C., at an assigned altitude of 6,000 feet when it struck at least two whistling swans, one on the left horizontal stab ...more

November 23, 1962
Lake Central Convair 580 near Marseilles, Ohio

On March 5, 1967, a Convair 340, operated as Lake Central Airlines, Inc. Flight 527, crashed near Marseilles, Ohio. All 38 persons aboard were killed and the airplane was destroyed. The accident investigation discovered that all four blades of the ...more

March 5, 1967
Turk Hava DC-10 in Paris

Turk Hava, Flight TK981, a McDonnell-Douglas DC 10-10, departed Orly Airport in Paris, France for London's Heathrow Airport. Approximately 10 minutes after takeoff, Flight TK981's radar signature was seen to split into two, with one part remaining ...more

March 3, 1974
Dan-Air B707-300 at Zambia, Africa

On May 14, 1977, a Boeing Model 707-300 series airplane, operated by Dan-Air, Ltd, crashed on approach to landing in Zambia, Africa. The accident occurred in daylight and in good weather. The horizontal stabilizer of the aircraft was found 200 ...more

May 14, 1977
American Airlines DC-10 at Chicago

During takeoff rotation, the left engine and strut assembly separated from the wing, and traveled over the wing, severing hydraulic lines in the associated area of the wing. Damage to the hydraulic lines caused a loss of hydraulic pressure and su ...more

May 25, 1979
Japan Airlines 747 at Gunma Prefecture

Approximately 12 minutes after departing Tokyo bound for Osaka, and just prior to reaching its planned cruising altitude of 24,000 feet, JAL 123 experienced an explosive decompression, caused by a rupture of the airplane's aft pressure bulkhead. ...more

August 12, 1985
Aloha Airlines 737 at Maui

As Aloha Airlines Flight 243 leveled at flight level 240 on an inter-island flight from Hilo to Honolulu, an 18-foot-long section of the upper fuselage suddenly departed the airplane, sweeping a flight attendant overboard. The captain performed a ...more

April 28, 1988
United Airlines 747 at Honolulu

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression at about 22,000 feet after the forward lobe cargo door suddenly opened in flight. After the door was recovered from the bottom of the ocean, it was discovered that the cargo ...more

February 24, 1989
Continental Express EMB-120 at Eagle Lake

Continental Express Flight 2574 broke up in flight during descent. The horizontal stabilizer, or top of the T-type tail, had separated from the fuselage before ground impact. Examination revealed that the 47 screw fasteners that would have attache ...more

September 11, 1991
El Al Flight 1862 at Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Boeing Model 747-200 freighter, powered by four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines and operated by El Al Israel Airlines, experienced the separation of both engines from the right wing (engines 3 and 4) during climb out from Schiphol Airport, Amste ...more

October 4, 1992
Atlantic Southest Flight 529 at Carrollton, Georgia

Approximately 30 minutes after departing from the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, an Embraer EMB-120RT airplane, operated as Flight 529 by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Inc., experienced the loss of a blade from the left ...more

August 21, 1995
Alaska Airlines MD-83 near Anacapa Island

On January 31, 2000, about 1621 Pacific standard time, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N963AS, crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California. All 88 people on board were killed and the ai ...more

January 31, 2000
Air France Flight 4590 at Paris, France

Air France Flight 4590 was a charter flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City. There were 100 passengers and nine crewmembers on board. The fully loaded Concorde began ...more

July 25, 2000
American Airlines A300 near JFK

American Airlines 587, an Airbus A300-600, N14053, crashed into a residential area of Belle Harbor, New York shortly after takeoff from Kennedy International Airport. All 260 people on board and five people on the ground died in the crash.

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November 12, 2001
China Airlines 747 near Taipei

On May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight CI611, a Boeing Model 747-200 series airplane, experienced an in-flight breakup over the Taiwan Strait. The most probable cause of the accident was the structural failure of a 22-year-old tailstrike repair l ...more

May 25, 2002