ASN logo
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Datum:zaterdag 6 juli 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD88 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Delta Air Lines
Registratie: N927DA
Constructienummer: 49714/1524
Bouwjaar: 1988
Aantal vlieguren:22031
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 142
Totaal:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 147
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Pensacola Regional Airport, FL (PNS) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Pensacola Regional Airport, FL (PNS/KPNS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), Verenigde Staten
Delta Flight 1288 was a domestic flight from Pensacola (PNS) to Atlanta (ATL). The MD-88 taxied to runway 17 and was cleared for takeoff at 14:23.
The first officer, who was the pilot flying, advanced the throttles and called for the autothrottles to be set when the engine pressure ratio (EPR) reached 1.35. The throttles were advancing in the autothrottle mode when the flightcrew heard a "loud bang,"’ followed by the loss of cockpit lighting and instrumentation.
The airplane had reached a speed of about 40 knots. The captain took control of the airplane and retarded both throttles to idle. He applied manual brakes and brought the airplane to a gradual stop on the runway. The captain did not command reverse engine thrust, and the ground spoilers were not deployed.
It appeared that the no. 1 engine of the aircraft suffered an uncontained failure. Debris entered the passenger cabin, causing the death of two passengers seated at row 37 (seats A and C).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The fracture of the left engine’s front compressor fan hub, which resulted from the failure of Delta Air Lines’ fluorescent penetrant inspection process to detect a detectable fatigue crack initiating from an area of altered microstructure that was created during the drilling process by Volvo for Pratt & Whitney and that went undetected at the time of manufacture. Contributing to the accident was the lack of sufficient redundancy in the in-service inspection program."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: DCA96MA068
Download report: Summary report


NTSB issued 19 Safety Recommendations

Show all AD's and Safety Recommendations


photo of McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N927DA
photo of McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N927DA
photo of McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N927DA
photo of McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N927DA
photo of McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N927DA
Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Pensacola Regional Airport, FL en Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA bedraagt 435 km (272 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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.
languages: languages