Accident Common Themes

Results for Pre-existing Failures:
Title Description Date
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
Mohawk Airlines, Inc. Flight 40 near Blossburg, Pennsylvania

On June 23, 1967, Mohawk Airlines Flight 40, a British Aircraft Corporation BAC 1-11, crashed approximately one mile east of the town of Blossburg, Pennsylvania. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. All 30 passengers and four crewmembers ...more

June 23, 1967
Eastern L-1011 in Florida

Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades while on approach to Miami International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the crash was the result of an inadvertent autopilot disconnection t ...more

December 29, 1972
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
Continental DC-10 at LAX

At approximately 0925 Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 1978, Continental Airlines Flight 603, a McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10 airplane, overran the departure end of Runway 6R at Los Angeles International Airport, California following a rejecte ...more

March 1, 1978
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
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
United DC-10 at Sioux City

United Airlines (UAL) Flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, was a scheduled passenger flight from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an en route stop in Chicago, Illinois. On July 19, 1989, ...more

July 19, 1989
Lauda 767 near Bangkok, Thailand

A Boeing Model 767-300ER, powered by Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines and operated by Lauda Air, experienced an uncommanded thrust reverser deployment of the left engine during climb out from Bangkok International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The ...more

May 26, 1991
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
Delta Air Lines MD-88 Flight 1288

On July 6, 1996, at 1424 central daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N927DA, operated by Delta Air Lines Inc. as Flight 1288, experienced an engine failure during the initial part of its takeoff roll on runway 17 at Pensacola Regional Airpor ...more

July 6, 1996
TWA 800 at Atlantic Ocean

On July 17, 1996, at 2031 EDT, a Boeing 747-131, N93119, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about eight miles south of East Moriches, New York after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airplane was being operated on a reg ...more

July 17, 1996
TAM Fokker 100 Flight 402 At Sao Paulo, Brazil

TAM 402 was a regular morning flight from Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro. As the engines were accelerated for takeoff the pilots received an alert that the autothrottle had disconnected, a very minor problem that would n ...more

October 31, 1996
Air Transat A330 Flight TSC236 at Terceira Airport, Azores

On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight TSC236, an Airbus Model 330-243 aircraft, was on a scheduled flight from Toronto, Canada to Lisbon, Portugal. A fuel leak in the Number 2 (right) engine began three hours 46 minutes into the flight that was ...more

August 24, 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
Luxair Flight 9642 at Luxembourg

On November 6, 2002, a Fokker F27 Mk 050 turboprop-powered airplane, owned and operated by Luxair and registered as LX-LGB, departed Berlin as Flight LG 9642/LH 2420 to Luxembourg. Inadequate landing visibility was reported at the destination airp ...more

November 6, 2002