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Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2017
Date:Sunday 15 November 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-9-14
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N626TX
C/n / msn: 45726/36
First flight: 1966
Total airframe hrs:52424
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 77
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 82
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Boise Air Terminal, ID (BOI/KBOI), United States of America
Flight 1713 was cleared for a runway 35L takeoff, 27 minutes after de-icing. On takeoff, the DC-9 over rotated. The aircraft descended back and the left wing struck the ground, causing it to separate from the fuselage. The left side of the cockpit and forward fuselage struck the ground next and the aircraft continued to skid inverted.
Both pilots were relatively inexperienced in DC-9 operations (captain: 166 hours on type, of which 33 as captain; and first officer: 36 hours on type).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's failure to have the airplane de-iced a second time after delay before take-off that led to upper wing surface contamination and a loss of control during rapid take-off rotation by the first officer.
Contributing was the absence of regulatory or management controls governing operations by newly qualified flight crew members and the confusion that existed between the flight crew and air traffic controllers that led to the delay in departure."

Loss of control

» AOPA Pilot Jan. 1989, p. 88-89
» ICAO Adrep 6/89 (#31)
» NTSB/AAR-88/09

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-88-09
report released:27 September 1988
duration of investigation: 11 months
download report: Continental Airlines, Inc., Flight 1713 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14, N626TX, Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colo (NTSB/AAR-88-09)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 13 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Boise Air Terminal, ID as the crow flies is 1024 km (640 miles).

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