Narrative:Weather at Sioux City was poor: 800 feet overcast, 3 miles visibility in fog and light freezing drizzle.
Flight 982 took off from runway 35 and, upon gear retraction, rolled violently 90░ to the right. The roll was counteracted, but the left wing struck the runway. The DC-9 crashed and came to rest in a grove of trees, 1181 feet past the runway end.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A stall near the upper limits of ground effect, with subsequent loss of control as a result of aerodynamic and weight penalties of airfoil icing. The flight crew failed to have the airfoil ice removed prior to the attempted take-off from Sioux City. The Board also finds that the crew selected an improper takeoff thrust for the existing gross weight condition of the aircraft."
» Airport Operations Vol.19, No.6 (Nov/Dec 1993) / Flight Safety Foundation
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
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Distance from Sioux City-Municipal Airport, IA to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 695 km (434 miles).