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Status:Definitief
Datum:maandag 12 juni 1972
Tijd:19:44 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Airlines
Registratie: N103AA
Constructienummer: 46503/5
Bouwjaar: 1971
Aantal vlieguren:2142
Motoren: 3 General Electric CF6-6D
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 11
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 56
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 67
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:nabij Windsor, ON (   Canada)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY (BUF/KBUF), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:AA96
Beschrijving:
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
Language: English

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI en Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY bedraagt 384 km (240 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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