Accident Common Themes

Results for Unintended Effects:
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
Capital Airlines Flight 20 at Charles City, Virginia

Capital Airlines Flight 20 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Norfolk, Virginia. A stopover was made at Washington National Airport. During the stopover at National Airport, N7462 was substituted for the orig ...more

January 18, 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
Northwest Airlines B720B Flight 705 near Miami

Northwest Airlines Flight 705 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Miami to Portland, Oregon, with intermediate stops at Chicago, Illinois and Spokane and Seattle, Washington. The flight departed Miami International Airport into areas o ...more

February 12, 1963
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
United 727 near Los Angeles

On January 18, 1969, United Airlines Flight 266, a Boeing Model 727-22C series airplane, crashed into Santa Monica Bay shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The takeoff occurred at night in light rain and fog. The a ...more

January 18, 1969
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
KLM Flight 4805 collision with Pan Am Flight 1736 at Tenerife

Both aircraft - KLM Flight 4805, a Boeing 747-206B, Reg. No. PH-BUF; and Pan American (Pan Am) Flight 1736, a Boeing 747-121, Reg. No. N736PA, - had been diverted to Los Rodeos Airport on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands due to ...more

March 27, 1977
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
British Airtours B737 at Manchester, UK

British Airtours Flight KT28M, a Boeing Model 737-200 series airplane, was taking off from Runway 24 at Manchester International Airport, Manchester, UK, when the left engine experienced an engine failure. The flightcrew aborted the takeoff, and ...more

August 22, 1985
Lauda Air 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
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
China Airlines B737 Flight 120 at Okinawa

On August 20, 2007, a Boeing 737-800 operated by China Airlines departed from Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport on a regularly scheduled flight to Naha Airport, Okinawa, Japan. Following landing and leading edge slat retraction, a failed porti ...more

August 20, 2007
British Airways Flight 38 at Heathrow Airport, London

On January 17, 2008, a British Airways 777-236ER equipped with Rolls Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines, landed short of runway 27L at Heathrow International Airport. The airplane was operating as Flight 38 from Beijing to London with 136 passengers an ...more

January 17, 2008