ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-55F N29549 Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 23 April 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-55F
Operator:Kalitta American International Airways
Registration: N29549
MSN: 45803/229
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:61888
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP/KYIP), United States of America
Destination airport:Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI (YIP/KYIP), United States of America
The airplane landed long on a wet runway at Detroit-Willow Run Airport, MI and began to hydroplane. Brakes and thrust reversers were ineffective in stopping the airplane on the remaining runway. When the pilot-in-command attempted to turn the airplane onto a ramp at the end of the runway, the airplane departed the runway to the left. The nose gear began to sink into the soft terrain and when it came in contact with the taxiway, the nose gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause:
The pilot-in-command's misjudging of the touchdown point. Factors include (aircraft performance) hydroplaning condition, and the pilot-in-command's poor evaluation of weather conditions.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: CHI92LA132
Download report: Summary report

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