Accident
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 16 August 1987
Zeit:20:45
Flugzeugtyp:McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82
Fluggesellschaft:Northwest Airlines
Kennzeichen: N312RC
Werknummer: 48090/1040
Baujahr: 1981
Betriebsstunden:14928
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 148 / Insassen: 149
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 154 / Insassen: 155
Opfer am Boden:Todesopfer: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) (   USA) show on map
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), USA
Flug nach:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), USA
Flugnummer: 255
Unfallbericht:
Northwest Flight 255 departed Saginaw for a flight to Detroit, Phoenix and Santa Ana, arriving at Detroit (DTW) at 19:42. Pushback for departure was accomplished at 20:34 and the crew received taxi instructions for runway 3C. During the taxi out, the captain missed the turnoff at taxiway C and new taxi instructions were given. At 20:42 Flight 255 was told to taxi into position on runway 3C and hold, followed by a takeoff clearance two minutes later. Shortly after rotation the stick shaker (stall warning) activated. The aircraft rolled left and right and the left wing struck a light pole in a car rental lot. Flight 255 continued to roll to the left, continued across the car lot, struck a light pole in a second rental car lot and struck the side wall of the roof in a 90deg left wing down attitude. The plane was still rolling to the left when it impacted the ground on a road outside the airport boundary and continued to slide along the road, striking a railroad embankment, disintegrating and bursting into flames.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to use the taxi checklist to ensure that the flaps and slats were extended for take-off. Contributing the accident was the absence of electrical power to the airplane take-off warning system which thus did not warn the flight crew that the airplane was not configured properly for take-off. The reason for the absence of electrical power could not be determined."

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB/AAR-88/05

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-88-05
report released:10-MAY-1988
duration of investigation:268 days (8.9 months)
download report: Northwest Airlines, Inc., McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82, N312RC, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan, August 16, 1987. (NTSB/AAR-88-05)

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Distance from Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 2665 km (1666 miles).

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