Accident Douglas DC-9-14 N626TX,
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Date:Sunday 15 November 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-9-14
Owner/operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N626TX
MSN: 45726/36
Year of manufacture:1966
Total airframe hrs:52424 hours
Cycles:54759 flights
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 82
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN)
Destination airport:Boise Air Terminal, ID (BOI/KBOI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Continental Air Lines Flight 1713, a Douglas Dc-9-14, crashed on takeoff from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, Colorado, USA.
The aircraft was cleared for a takeoff from runway 35L, 27 minutes after having been de-iced. On takeoff, the DC-9 over rotated. The aircraft sank back and the left wing struck the ground, causing it to separate from the fuselage. The left side of the cockpit and forward fuselage struck the ground next and the aircraft continued to skid inverted.
Of the 82 occupants, 28 lost their lives.

Both pilots were relatively inexperienced in DC-9 operations. The captain had 166 hours on type, of which 33 as captain; and the first officer just had 36 hours on type.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's failure to have the airplane de-iced a second time after delay before take-off that led to upper wing surface contamination and a loss of control during rapid take-off rotation by the first officer.
Contributing was the absence of regulatory or management controls governing operations by newly qualified flight crew members and the confusion that existed between the flight crew and air traffic controllers that led to the delay in departure."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB/AAR-88-09
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


AOPA Pilot Jan. 1989, p. 88-89
ICAO Adrep 6/89 (#31)



photo (c) NTSB; Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN); 15 November 1987

photo (c) NTSB, adapted by Ardenau4; Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN); 15 November 1987

photo (c) Bob Garrard; Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN); August 1985

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