Crash-aerien 04 JUN 2002 d'un McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N823NK - Wichita, KS
ASN logo

Statuts:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:mardi 4 juin 2002
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic MD82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Compagnie:Spirit Airlines
Immatriculation: N823NK
Numéro de série: 48020/1045
Année de Fabrication:
Heures de vol:53116
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 105
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 111
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:37 km (23.1 milles) W of Wichita, KS (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 970
Flight 970 experienced a gradual loss of power in both of its engines while in cruise flight at flight level 330. The aural stall warning and stick shaker activated, following which the pilots disengaged the autopilot, turned on the engines’ ignition, activated the engines’ anti-ice system, and initiated a descent towards Wichita. The pilots shut down the right engine when its exhaust gas temperature (EGT) increased to about 600 ° Celsius and were able to restart it again on the second attempt at about 17,000 feet. The left engine recovered on its own shortly thereafter. The flight then diverted to the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport where it landed safely.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's failure to verify the engine instrument indications and powerplant controls while on autopilot with the autothrottles engaged, and their failure to recognize the drop in airspeed which led to an aerodynamic stall associated with the reduction in engine power. Factors were the presence of ice crystals at altitude, and the icing of the engine inlet probes resulting in a false engine pressure ratio indication."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Accident number: CHI02IA151
Download report: Summary report


Opérations de secours
On April 29, 2004, the NTSB recommended that the FAA:

Issue a flight standards information bulletin to principal operations inspectors to alert all affected air carrier flight crews about the icing situation encountered by Spirit Airlines flight 970 and to emphasize the need to maintain vigilance for the signs of high altitude icing conditions, the effect these conditions can have on airplane and engine performance, and the need for the appropriate use of the engine anti-ice system. (A-04-34)

Actively pursue research with airplane and engine
manufacturers and other industry personnel to develop an ice detector that would alert pilots of inlet pressure probe icing and require that it be installed on new production turbojet airplanes, as well as retrofitted to existing turbojet airplanes. (A-04-35)


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

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 Denver International Airport, CO et Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL est de 2720 km (1700 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.
languages: languages


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av., 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314