Crash-aerien 12 JUN 1972 d'un McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N103AA - Windsor, ON
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Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:lundi 12 juin 1972
Heure:19:44 EST
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Compagnie:American Airlines
Immatriculation: N103AA
Numéro de série: 46503/5
Année de Fabrication: 1971
Heures de vol:2142
Moteurs: 3 General Electric CF6-6D
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 11
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 56
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 67
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:près de Windsor, ON (   Canada)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY (BUF/KBUF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:AA96
Détails:
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
stabilizer.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The improper engagement of the latching mechanism for the aft bulk cargo compartment door during the preparation of the airplane for flight. The design characteristics of the door latching mechanism permitted the door to be apparently closed when, in fact, the latches were not fully engaged, and the latch lockpins were not in place."

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

Sources:
» NTSB AAR-73-2


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI et Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY est de 384 km (240 miles).

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