Accident description
Last updated: 22 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 31 July 1997
Time:01:31
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-11F
Operator:FedEx
Registration: N611FE
C/n / msn: 48604/553
First flight: 1993
Total airframe hrs:13034
Cycles:2950
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-80C2D1F
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 14
Narrative:
The aircraft touched down 1175 feet down runway 22R at 149 knots with a 500f/min descent rate and 1,67g acceleration. The flight bounced, yawed and rolled right, and touched down again 2275 feet from the threshold, at 1,7g (lateral acceleration 0,4g to the right) and dragging the no. 3 engine 238 feet further on. The right roll, pinning the no. 3 engine to the ground, possibly continued until the right wing's spars broke. The MD-11 skidded off the right side of the runway and ended up on its back 4800 feet from the threshold and just short of Terminal B.
The aircraft, N611FE, had suffered a similar incident (bounced on landing) in Anchorage, November 4, 1994.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s overcontrol of the airplane during the landing and his failure to execute a go-around from a destabilized flare. Contributing to the accident was the captain’s concern with touching down early to ensure adequate stopping distance."

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.09.1997 (31-32)
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 11.08.1997 (38)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - USA
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-00-02
report released:25-JUL-2000
duration of investigation:1090 days (2 years 12 months)
download report: Crash During Landing Federal Express, Inc. McDonnell Douglas MD-11, N611FE Newark International Airport Newark, New Jersey July 31, 1997 (NTSB/AAR-00-02)
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Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 12 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Anchorage International Airport, AK to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 5368 km (3355 miles).

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