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Accident description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 31 January 2014
Time:08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD88 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N921DL
C/n / msn: 49645/1480
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:65507
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 139
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 144
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Narrative:
Before departure and while the airplane was being de-iced by ground crew personnel, the de-icing bucket struck the left side of the fuselage and dislodged a passenger window. As a result, the airplane was substantially damaged and the pressure vessel was compromised. There were no reported injuries.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inattention by ground crew personnel which resulted in the airplane being substantially damaged."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: DCA14CA051
Download report: Summary report

Classification:

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 953 km (596 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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