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Last updated: 29 February 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 15 August 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-231
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N564UW
C/n / msn: 5374
First flight: 2012-11-01 (2 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 IAE V2533-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 153
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 159
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Destination airport:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America
An Airbus A321 operated by American Airlines as flight AA1851 suffered a landing accident at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT).
According to the NTSB the flight reportedly encountered wind shear on final approach. The airplane impacted runway approach lights followed by an airplane tail to runway impact. The flight crew then performed a go-around maneuver and completed the landing.
Flight tracking websites show the aircraft performed a go around following an approach to runway 36L. The aircraft circled and landed on runway 36C at about 18:54 hours local time.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: DCA15LA173


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METAR Weather report:
21:52 UTC / 17:52 local time:
METAR KCLT 152152Z 00000KT 10SM SCT060TCU SCT250 32/16 A3010 RMK AO2 SLP184 TCU NE AND NW T03220156

22:52 UTC / 18:52 local time:
METAR KCLT 152252Z 18007KT 10SM -RA SCT065TCU BKN100 BKN250 28/16 A3010 RMK AO2 RAB11 SLP184 TCU NE AND SW-NW P0015 T02830161
Wind 180 degrees at 7 knots; Visibility 10+miles; light rain; Scattered towering cumulus at 6500 ft; Broken clouds at 10000 feet; Broken clouds at 25000 feet; Temperature 28°C; Dew Point 16°C

23:04 UTC / 19:04 local time:
SPECI KCLT 152304Z 18005KT 10SM TS SCT065CB BKN110 BKN250 27/18 A3010 RMK AO2 TSB03RAE04 OCNL LTGICCG TS S STNRY P0000
Wind 180 degrees at 5 knots; Visibility 10+miles; thunderstorm; Scattered cumulonimbus clouds at 6500 ft; Broken clouds at 11000 feet; Broken clouds at 25000 feet; Temperature 27°C; Dew Point 18°C


photo of Airbus-A321-231-N564UW

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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 Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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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