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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 17 octobre 1999
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic MD11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F
Immatriculation: N581FE
Numéro de série: 48419/450
Année de Fabrication: 1990
Moteurs: 3 General Electric CF6-80C2D1F
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Subic Bay International Airport (SFS) (   Philippines)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), Chine
Aéroport de destination:Subic Bay International Airport (SFS/RPLB), Philippines
Numéro de vol: 87
FedEx flight 87 departed Shanghai at 21:16 for a flight to Subic Bay. The MD-11, named "Joshua", touched down at Subic Bay runway 07 at 23:15.
The plane rolled onto runway 25, hitting a concrete post and slamming into a wire fence before plunging into the bay. All of the plane was submerged, 10 m offshore, except for the cockpit. The cargo reportedly consisted mainly of electronic goods and garments. N581FE was also part of the US Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the flight crew to properly address an erroneous airspeed indication during descent and landing, their failure to verity and select the correct airspeed by checking the standby airspeed indicator, and their failure to execute a missed approach. These failures led to an excessive approach and landing speed that resulted in a runway overshoot. Contributing factors to the accident were clogged pitot tube drain holes, the MD-11's insufficient alerting system for airspeed anomalies, and the failure of the SEL ELEV FEEL MAN and SEL FLAP LIM OVR D checklists to refer the crew to the standby airspeed indicator."

Opérations de secours
As a result of the findings, Boeing recommended DC-10 and MD-11 operators to inspect the water drain holes on the pitot probes every 650 hours to ensure that they are not blocked.


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport et Subic Bay International Airport est de 1815 km (1135 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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