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Last updated: 14 December 2018
Date:Tuesday 27 April 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: N72822
C/n / msn: 49482/1309
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:21572
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 115
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 121
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
A McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82, N72822, operating as Continental Airlines Flight 588, had the right main landing gear collapse during landing roll at Denver-Stapleton International Airport, Colorado. There were two minor injuries reported from the emergency evacuation, and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
According to the flight deck crew, the takeoff, en route, and approach were normal. Upon touch down on runway 26R, a severe vibration occurred and the right main gear collapsed at 117 knots. The aircraft remained on the runway and skidded to a stop.

Probable Cause:

A vibration in the right main landing gear, for undetermined reasons, which resulted in collapse of the right main gear. A factor was failure of the pilot in command to ensure deployment of the ground spoilers.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: DEN93FA049
Download report: Summary report




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Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO as the crow flies is 1524 km (953 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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