Category:Airliner accidents and incidents in Michigan
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The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Northwest Airlines Flight 253 – The flight was the target of a failed al-Qaeda bombing attempt on Christmas Day, December 25,2009, in which a passenger tried to set off plastic explosives sewn to his underwear. There were 290 people on board the aircraft—an Airbus A330-323E operated by Northwest Airlines, had the attempt succeeded, it would have surpassed American Airlines Flight 191 as the deadliest aviation occurrence on U. S. soil and tied Iran Air Flight 655 as the eighth-deadliest of all time. The incident was also the second in 2009 involving an Airbus A330 and this was also the final accident/incident involving Northwest Airlines as it closed down a month later when it merged with Delta Air Lines. A Dutch passenger, Jasper Schuringa, tackled and restrained him, Abdulmutallab was handcuffed while the pilot safely landed the plane. In all, three people were injured, Abdulmutallab, Schuringa, and one other passenger, upon landing in Detroit, Abdulmutallab was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of his burns. On December 28,2009, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing, on January 6,2010, a federal grand jury indicted Abdulmutallab on six criminal charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder. Reports indicated that the U. S. had received regarding an powder bomb planned attack by a Yemen-based Nigerian man. She cited the actions of the passengers and the crew on flight to show why that system is so important. After heavy criticism, she stated the day that the system failed miserably. U. S. President Barack Obama called the U. S. s failure to prevent the bombing attempt totally unacceptable, al-Awlaki was killed on September 30,2011. Eight days earlier at the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines office in Accra, Ghana, Abdulmutallab left Lagos on Christmas Eve at 23,00 aboard KLM Flight 588, a Boeing 777 bound for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, on Christmas Day, Abdulmutallab checked in for Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit with only carry-on luggage, initially, some media rumored that Abdulmutallab tried to fly to Detroit because it was a major hub of the U. S. automotive industry. According to Lori Haskell, the man told the ticket agent. The ticket agent said nobody was allowed to board without a passport, the well-dressed man replied, We do this all the time, hes from Sudan. Lori Haskell said the two men were directed down a corridor, to talk to a manager and we never saw him again until he tried to blow up our plane, Lori Haskell said of Abdulmutallab. A CBP official and spokesman confirmed there were not any Sudanese refugees on the plane, the Dutch counter-terror agency said that Abdulmutallab presented a valid Nigerian passport and U. S. entry visa when he boarded Flight 253. Haskell suggested authorities should, Put the video out there to prove Im wrong, Federal agents later said they were trying to identify and find the well-dressed man. U. S. authorities had initially discounted the passenger accounts, Flight 253, a Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-323E twinjet, registered N820NW, with 279 passengers,8 flight attendants, and 3 pilots aboard, left Amsterdam around 08,45 local time
2. Northwest Airlines Flight 255 – The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who sustained serious injuries. It was the second-deadliest aviation accident at the time in the United States, the incident aircraft was a twin-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-82 a derivative of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series of aircraft. The jet was manufactured in 1981, entering service with Republic Airlines, Flight 255s captain was John R. Maus, age 57. Maus was a pilot who had worked for the airline for 31 years. Other pilots who had flown with Maus described him as a competent, the flights first officer was David J. Dodds, age 35. Dodds had logged 8,044 flight hours during his career, other than one training report during his probationary period, all of the airlines captains with whom Dodds had flown graded him as average or above average. Other pilots who had flown with Dodds later described his performance in favorable terms. Other than a minor problem taxiing to the gate, the flight from Saginaw to Detroit was uneventful. At approximately 20,32 EDT, Flight 255 departed the gate in Detroit with 149 passengers, the dispatch packet provided by the airline included takeoff performance data based on using runways 21L or 21R. However, the flight was cleared for takeoff on Detroits runway 3C, Flight 255 made its takeoff roll on Detroits runway 3C at approximately 20,44, with Maus at the controls. The plane lifted off the runway at 170 knots, and began to roll from side to side just under 50 feet above the ground, the impact caused the left wing to start disintegrating and catch fire. The plane rolled 90 degrees to the left, striking the roof of an Avis car-rental building, the plane crashed inverted onto Middlebelt Road and struck vehicles just north of its intersection with Wick Road, killing two people on the ground in an automobile. It then broke apart, with the fuselage skidding across the road, disintegrating and bursting into flames as it hit a railroad overpass, the flight crew and all but one of the passengers were killed in the crash. Seven of the passengers resided in Orange County, California. The remainder of the passengers were residents of Arizona, Michigan, one of the passengers on Northwest 255 was Nick Vanos, a center for the Phoenix Suns. Two motorists on nearby Middlebelt Road also died and five people on the ground were injured, the bodies were moved to the Northwest hangar at the airport, which served as a temporary morgue. More than 30 passengers on the flight were under age 25, the sole survivor of the crash was four-year-old Cecelia Cichan of Tempe, Arizona. She was found belted in her seat by Romulus firemen, several feet from the bodies of her mother, Paula Cichan, her father Michael, after the crash, Cecelia lived with her maternal aunt and uncle in Birmingham, Alabama
3. Northwest Airlink Flight 2268 – The flight was operated by Fischer Brothers Aviation, doing business as Northwest Airlink, and was operated by a CASA C-212 aircraft. On March 4,1987, the plane crashed while attempting to land, nine of the 19 passengers and crew on board were killed in the accident. At 2,30 p. m. after being cleared for an approach to Runway 21R and while just 60–70 feet above the ground, Northwest Airlink Flight 2268 banked left in a descent. The twin-engine turboprop aircraft struck the area inside and to the left of the runway threshold, flipping over. Nine of the 19 people on board the aircraft died, both the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash. Autopsies determined the cause of death to be smoke inhalation and burns, federal investigators said the nine victims may not have died if their seat cushions had been treated with fire retardant. Ten people on the ground were injured in the accident. The job of investigating the crash was made due to the aircraft having neither a flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder. Shortly after the investigation was started, it was learned the pilot had been cited twice for unsafe flying. Records showed that the pilot had his suspended for 15 days in 1979. The lack of fire-blocking material in passenger seat cushions contributed to the severity of the injuries, Northwest Airlines Flight 255, another aviation disaster that took place at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in 1987. Air Caraïbes Flight 1501, a plane crash in Guadeloupe where the investigation was hampered due to the absence of flight recorders Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
4. TWA Flight 841 (1979) – Pilots were able to regain control of the aircraft and made a successful emergency landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. At 8,25 p. m. EST, TWA Flight 841 departed JFK International after a 45-minute delay due to traffic congestion, the crew immediately disconnected the autopilot and tried to bring the aircraft back to a wings level attitude. Despite the best efforts of the crew, the aircraft spiraled out of control. During the course of the dive, the plane rolled through 360 degrees twice, control was regained at about 5,000 feet after the pilots extended the landing gear in an attempt to slow the aircraft. The plane suffered structural damage, but made an emergency landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan at 10,31 p. m. EST without further trouble. No fatalities occurred among the 82 passengers and seven crew members, eight passengers reported minor injuries related to high G forces. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident, in its final report, published in June 1981, the NTSB concluded the probable cause of the accident was pilot error. Among the damage discovered after the accident, investigators found the #7 slat missing from the edge of the right wing. NTSB investigators requested the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, inspect the remainder of the slat assembly, Boeing determined that the #7 slat had failed because the slats had been extended while the aircraft was flying at cruising speed. They also determined that it was impossible for the flaps to extend without manipulating the controls and this configuration was rumored to result in increased lift with no increase in drag, thus allowing more speed, higher elevation, or decreased fuel consumption. Flaps and Slats were intended to only be deployed at low speeds during take-off or landing, nor did I observe any other crew member take any action within the cockpit, either intentional or inadvertent, which would have caused the extension. The crew suggested instead that an actuator on the #7 slat had failed, the NTSB rejected this as improbable and attributed the extension of the flaps to the deliberate actions of the crew. The crew claimed that such failures had happened on other 727s prior, however, the NTSB ultimately concluded that the flight crew was probably attempting to use 2º of flaps at cruising speed, While cruising at Mach 0. Contributing to the cause was a preexisting misalignment of the No.7 slat which, contributing to the captains untimely use of the flight controls was distraction due probably to his efforts to rectify the source of the control problem. Captain Gibson appealed the NTSBs findings, first to the NTSB itself, both petitions were rejected, the former for lack of new evidence, and the latter for lack of jurisdiction due to the NTSBs unreviewable discretion. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service in May 1979, the aircraft was equipped with a Fairchild Industries Model A-100 cockpit voice recorder. However,21 minutes of the 30-minute tape were blank and this feature can be activated only after the aircraft is on the ground with its parking brake engaged. However, in this instance, he could not recall having done so, the NTSB made the following statement in the accident report, We believe the captains erasure of the CVR is a factor we cannot ignore and cannot sanction
5. United Airlines Flight 2885 – United Airlines Flight 2885 was a scheduled cargo flight from Cleveland to Los Angeles, with stopover in Detroit. On January 11,1983, a DC-8 operating Flight 2885 crashed after take-off from Detroit, the National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined that the cause for the crash was pilot error. At Cleveland, the flight became United 2885, the DC-8 departed Cleveland at 01,15 on January 11 and it arrived at Detroit airport at 01,52, after a cargo turnaround and refueling, the aircraft began its takeoff roll at 02,51. 1,000 feet, the stalled and fell to the ground. The first officer accepted the proposition, the engineer did express his doubts. The captains decision to allow the flight engineer perform the takeoff was considered a factor in the accident
6. 1990 Wayne County Airport runway collision – The Wayne County Airport runway collision involved the collision of two Northwest Airlines planes in dense fog at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on December 3,1990. One crew and seven occupants of the DC-9 were killed, Northwest 1482 was cleared from the gate towards Runway 03C, but it missed turning onto taxiway Oscar 6 and instead entered the Outer taxiway. To correct the error they were instructed to turn right onto Taxiway Xray and they realised the mistake and contacted air traffic for instructions who told them to leave the runway immediately, five seconds later the crew saw a Boeing 727 heading towards them. The Boeing 727 was operating the Northwest 299 flight to Memphis and had just been cleared for take-off, the 727 wing hit the right-hand side of the DC-9 and cut through the fuselage just below the windows until it cut off the DC-9s #2 engine. The DC-9 caught fire and was destroyed, the 727 just had a wing and was later repaired. The captain escaped from the aircraft through the sliding window. 18 people escaped from the aircraft from the left overwing exit,13 persons got out through the left main boarding door. 4 people jumped from the service door. Of the surviving passengers, the NTSB stated that 10 received serious injuries and 23 received minor or no injuries, the three surviving crew members received minor or no injuries. The NTSB added that it did not receive medical records for three passengers who were admitted to a center, for the purposes of the report. The Douglas DC-9 operating Flight 1482 was registered N3313L built in 1966 and had a total of 62,253 operating hours, the DC-9 was delivered new to Delta before being sold to Northwest predecessor Southern Airways in 1973. The Boeing 727 operating Flight 299 was registered N278US and had purchased by Northwest in 1975 with a total of 37,310 operating hours. The aircraft was repaired and flew for Northwest until 1995, N278US was flown by Kitty Hawk Aircargo before being scrapped in 2011. to provide adequate cockpit resource management training to their line aircrews. Contributing to the fatalities in the accident was the inoperability of the DC-9 internal tail cone release mechanism, contributing to the number and severity of injuries was the failure of the crew of the DC-9 to properly execute the passenger evacuation. Madrid Runway Disaster – Another fatal runway incursion involving both a DC-9 and a 727, tenerife airport disaster – The worst runway incursion with fatalities in the Canary Islands in dense fog involving two 747s