Runway excursion Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N139AA,
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Date:Wednesday 14 April 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N139AA
MSN: 46711/105
Year of manufacture:1973
Engine model:General Electric CF6-50C2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 202
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL)
Destination airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight 102 departed Honolulu at 17:53 local time for a 7 hour flight to Dallas. The weather report received by the flight at 06:44 (15 minutes before landing) stated a.o.: ceiling 1400 feet overcast, 2,5 miles visibility, thunderstorms and rain showers. The flight was cleared for a runway 17L approach about 5 minutes later and the captain asked the approach controller for the best heading in order to avoid bad weather along the approach path. The crew were advised to turn right heading 220 deg and intercept the runway 17L localizer.
At 06:56 the aircraft was cleared to land. On short finals the aircraft was in about a 10 degree right crab due to crosswind. At 06:59, while descending through 50 feet, the 1st officer intended to perform a go-around. The captain stated "No, no, no, I got it" and took control. The aircraft touched down at 06:59:29 and drifted to the right, off the runway. The DC-10 finally came to rest in the mud with the nose- and left main gear collapsed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to use proper directional control techniques to maintain the airplane on the runway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB/AAR-94-01
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


Air Safety Week 13 December 1993 (p. 1-2)
Air Safety Week 19 April 1993 (p. 6)
Flight International 28 July -3 August 93 (p.14)
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-94-24 through -31
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-94-32
NTSB Safety Recommendations A-94-33 through -34



photo (c) M.L. Dransfield; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW); 1993

photo (c) NTSB; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW); April 1993; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW); April 1993; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW); April 1993; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW); April 1993; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Kahului Airport, HI (OGG); 31 March 1993

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