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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188623
Last updated: 21 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Owner/operator:Gemini Air Cargo
Registration: N601GC
MSN: 47921/117
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Shannon Airport, Shannon, County Clare -   Ireland
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Shannon Airport, Shannon (SNN/EINN)
Destination airport:Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU/TJS
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft suffered a bird strike shortly after take off from Shannon, Ireland, which caused severe damage to the No. 1 (left) engine and caused some large nacelle components to separate from the engine. These parts struck and damaged the left inboard aileron and flap before falling to the ground. The aircraft diverted to London Heathrow for inspection and repair. (Hence the involvement of the UK AAIB in what was otherwise an "Irish" air accident)

Whilst ATC written procedures specify that aircraft in emergency should preferably not be routed over densely populated areas, the commander of the aircraft was not advised of this procedure and the approach to London Heathrow Airport from the east took his aircraft over densely populated urban areas. The aircraft was intending to fly from Shannon, Ireland to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico, before the accident forced it to divert to London Heathrow.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report: "No 1 engine damaged beyond economic repair. Impact damage from engine nacelle components to port inboard aileron and flap. Pylon web cracked."


1. AAIB:
2. FAA;'

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Gemini Air Cargo McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F, N601GC, Yonezawa-Shi, Yamagata, Japan, 3-10-2010 Gemini Air Cargo McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F(AF) (N601GC 47921 117) (5047595760)


Photo of N601GC courtesy

Milan - Malpensa (LIMC / MXP)
24 September 2006; (c) Danny Grew

Revision history:

12-Jul-2016 10:09 Dr.John Smith Added
12-Jul-2016 10:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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