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Last updated: 22 October 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 13 November 1986
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1
Fluggesellschaft:Delta Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N714DA
Werknummer: 1090
Baujahr: 1974
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 23
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 114
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 137
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), USA
Flug nach:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), USA
The rear main spar of the right wing failed as Delta flight 194 touched down on runway 29 at Newark Airport. The pilots stated that there was moderate turbulence on final approach and initial touchdown was on the right main gear first. The touchdown was firm but not hard which was confirmed from the 1.4g recorded on the DFDR. The 1.4g force is well within the landing gear certification limits.
The spar web failure was caused by a fatigue crack that originated at a 'hi-loc' fastener hole located at the lower inboard corner of a doubler that surrounds the fuel filler valve which is mounted vertically on the spar web. The fatigue zone in the spar web had progressed about 6 3/4 inches before the web failed as the airplane touched down. The fracture in the spar web extended diagonally downward and outboard at 45 degrees from inboard wing station 241.0 to inboard station 293.5. The flight crew did not report any airplane malfunction during the flight.

Probable Cause:

acft/equip,inadequate design..manufacturer



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Distance from Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 1191 km (744 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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