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Date:Wednesday 23 May 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic F100 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 100
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N1419D
MSN: 11402
First flight: 1992-06-16 (8 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:21589
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 650-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 88
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 92
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
The flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 17C. The approach was flown visually, backed up with the localizer and Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI). The approach was stable and the touchdown was normal. The captain reported that upon initial touchdown, a "loud bang" was heard, the right wing went down, and the aircraft started to move to the right. The pilots were able to maintain control of the airplane with rudder control and brought the airplane to a stop on the runway. Initial examination of the airplane and runway revealed that the lower portion of the right main landing gear assembly separated from the airplane. Fractured portions of the outer case of the gear strut assembly were found on the runway. The inner piston was found on the right side of the runway with the scissor and wheel assembly attached to it. The airplane came to rest 4,300 feet from its initial touchdown point. The right wing sustained structural damage. The forward spar of the right wing between stations 12,375 and 13,550 was damaged.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A forging fold that was introduced during the manufacture of the right main landing, which resulted in a fatigue crack in the right main landing gear cylinder, and its subsequent failure during landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: FTW01FA127
Download report: Summary report
Language: English


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1493 km (933 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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Fokker 100

  • 280 built
  • 4th loss
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