Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 16 February 2000
Time:19:51
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F
Operator:Emery Worldwide
Registration: N8079U
C/n / msn: 45947/341
First flight: 1968-02-29 (31 years 12 months)
Total airframe hrs:84447
Cycles:33395
Engines: 4 CFMI CFM56-2C1
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sacramento, CA (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Sacramento-Mather AFB, CA (MHR), United States of America
Destination airport:Dayton-James Cox Dayton International Airport, OH (DAY/KDAY), United States of America
Flightnumber: 17
Narrative:
Emery Flight 17 had just departed Sacramento-Mather Airport runway 22L when the crew reported balance problems. A little later the aircraft was seen to
crash in a left wing low, nose low attitude, into the Insurance Auto Auctions salvage yard, setting fire to 100-200 cars. Debris cut a swath about 250 yards wide and a 600yds long. The plane's cargo included clothing, transmission fluid and a small amount of 9 grams fuses used to activate automobile air bags. The NTSB is focusing on the possibility that a push rod in an elevator control tab may have been separated from the control system of the plane before impact.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of pitch control resulting from the disconnection of the right elevator control tab. The disconnection was caused by the failure to properly secure and inspect the attachment bolt."

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - USA
report status: Final
report number: NTSB AAR-03-02
report released:05-AUG-2003
duration of investigation:1266 days (3 years 5.7 months)
download report: Loss of Pitch Control on Takeoff, Emery Worldwide Airlines, Inc., McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F, N8079U, Rancho Cordova, California, February 16, 2000 (NTSB AAR-03-02)
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Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 15 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Sacramento-Mather AFB, CA to Dayton-James Cox Dayton International Airport, OH as the crow flies is 3153 km (1970 miles).

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