Descripción del Accidente ASN 12 JUN 1972 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N103AA - Windsor, ON
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:lunes 12 junio 1972
Hora:19:44 EST
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Operador:American Airlines
Registración: N103AA
Numéro de série: 46503/5
Año de Construcción: 1971
Horas Totales de la Célula:2142
Motores: 3 General Electric CF6-6D
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 11
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 56
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 67
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:cerca Windsor, ON (   Canadá)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY (BUF/KBUF), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:AA96
American Flight 96 had departed Detroit-Metropolitan Airport and was climbing through 11,750 feet at 260 kt IAS when the flightcrew felt a "thud". Simultaneously dust and dirt flew up into their faces, the rudder pedals moved to the full left-rudder position, the three thrust levers moved back to the near flight-idle position and the airplane yawed to the right. The crew managed to regain control of the plane, although a.o. elevator response was sluggish, and rudder control was not available. An emergency was declared and the crew returned to Detroit. A safe runway 03 long final approach and landing were carried out.
It appeared that a cargo door had separated, causing a rapid decompression, which, in turn, caused failure of the cabin floor over the bulk cargo compartment.
The separated door caused minor damage to the fuselage above the door and substantial damage to the leading edge and upper surface of the left horizontal

Probable Cause:

Causa Probable del Percance: Se determino que al cerrar la puerta trasera de carga del jet, esta no quedo asegurada apropiadamente mientras preparaban el jet para volar. El diseño del mecanismo de seguridad de la puerta permitió, aparentemente, que la puerta se cerrara, pero en realidad no se habían encajado los seguros bien.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 261 days (9 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-73-02
Download report: Final report

» NTSB AAR-73-2

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Distance from Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI to Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 384 km (240 miles).

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