ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N964VJ Elmira Regional Airport, NY (ELM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 18 January 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Registration: N964VJ
MSN: 47373/522
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:59251
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elmira Regional Airport, NY (ELM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH/KITH), United States of America
Destination airport:Elmira Regional Airport, NY (ELM/KELM), United States of America
Flightnumber: 305
Last reported wind was 310deg at 25 knots. During the runway 24 landing flare lifted the plane in a nose down attitude. The plane continued to descend and landed hard. The fuselage had cracked just aft of the wings and the aft fuselage was bent down about 7 degrees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft encountered a sudden wind gust during landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: BFO92FA020
Download report: Summary report

Heavy landing
Runway mishap



photo of DC-9-31-N964VJ
accident date: 18-01-1992
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
registration: N964VJ

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY to Elmira Regional Airport, NY as the crow flies is 51 km (32 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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