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Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2017
Date:Wednesday 6 May 2009
Time:ca 13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30ER
Operator:World Airways
Registration: N139WA
C/n / msn: 46583/292
First flight: 1979-07-02 (29 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:107814
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-50C2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 168
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 180
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Leipzig Airport (LEJ/EDDP), Germany
Destination airport:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI), United States of America
A DC-10-30, operated by World Airways as flight 8535, experienced a hard landing failing the left nose tire upon landing on runway 10 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The flight crew executed a go-around and landed on runway 33L. The flight was a contract Defense Department Air Mobility Command flight from Leipzig (LEJ), Germany. There were 168 passengers and 12 crew members on board, 4 occupants were taken to a local hospital, and the first officer experienced a serious injury. The airplane had substantial damage to the nose gear, electronics and equipment bay, and forward pressure bulkhead. Weather was reported as visual conditions with light winds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captainís inappropriate control inputs following a firm landing, resulting in two hard nose-gear impacts before executing a go-around.
Contributing to the inappropriate control inputs was the captainís fatigue and physical discomfort; and a possible lack of practical consolidation of skills and experience due to a protracted and fragmented training period."


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Distance from Leipzig Airport to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD as the crow flies is 6600 km (4125 miles).

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