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Last updated: 19 February 2019
Datum:Samstag 6 Juli 1996
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic MD88 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Fluggesellschaft:Delta Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N927DA
Werknummer: 49714/1524
Baujahr: 1988
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 142
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 147
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Pensacola Regional Airport, FL (PNS) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Pensacola Regional Airport, FL (PNS/KPNS), USA
Flug nach:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), USA
Delta Flight 1288 was a domestic flight from Pensacola (PNS) to Atlanta (ATL). The MD-88 taxied to runway 17 and was cleared for takeoff at 14:23.
The first officer, who was the pilot flying, advanced the throttles and called for the autothrottles to be set when the engine pressure ratio (EPR) reached 1.35. The throttles were advancing in the autothrottle mode when the flightcrew heard a "loud bang,"’ followed by the loss of cockpit lighting and instrumentation.
The airplane had reached a speed of about 40 knots. The captain took control of the airplane and retarded both throttles to idle. He applied manual brakes and brought the airplane to a gradual stop on the runway. The captain did not command reverse engine thrust, and the ground spoilers were not deployed.
It appeared that the no. 1 engine of the aircraft suffered an uncontained failure. Debris entered the passenger cabin, causing the death of two passengers seated at row 37 (seats A and C).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The fracture of the left engine’s front compressor fan hub, which resulted from the failure of Delta Air Lines’ fluorescent penetrant inspection process to detect a detectable fatigue crack initiating from an area of altered microstructure that was created during the drilling process by Volvo for Pratt & Whitney and that went undetected at the time of manufacture. Contributing to the accident was the lack of sufficient redundancy in the in-service inspection program."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: DCA96MA068
Download report: Summary report


NTSB issued 19 Safety Recommendations

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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 Pensacola Regional Airport, FL to Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA as the crow flies is 435 km (272 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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