Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40F N141WE,
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Date:Saturday 27 April 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40F
Owner/operator:Centurion Air Cargo
Registration: N141WE
MSN: 46661/224
Year of manufacture:1976
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport (SAL) -   El Salvador
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:San Salvador-Comalapa International Airport (SAL/MSLP)
Destination airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
At rotation, the flightcrew heard a sound described as a 'thump' or 'bang'. After becoming airborne, hydraulic pressure was lost on the nos. 1 and 2 systems. The flightcrew lowered the landing gear and returned to a landing on the takeoff runway. The airplane was brought to a stop and shut down. Examination found extensive damage in the left wing, above the left main landing gear, that included fractured nos. 1 and 2 hydraulic lines, and fractures or damaged mechanical control cables, pulleys, push rods, and electrical wiring. The no. 5 tire was found blown, and tread on the no. 1 tire damaged, both on the left main mount. Marks of a reverser cascade, identified as coming from a Boeing 727 engine, were found impressed into the runway, and a cascade was recovered in a search of the takeoff runway. Pieces of what appeared to be aluminum and other aircraft debris were also found on and near the takeoff runway.




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