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Last updated: 19 April 2019
Date:Friday 28 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F
Operator:FedEx Express
Registration: N370FE
C/n / msn: 46608/26
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:84589
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-6D
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), United States of America
A Federal Express McDonnell-Douglas MD-10 cargo plane, registration N370FE, suffered a collapse of the left main landing gear while landing on runway 10L at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Florida.
Flight FX910 originated from Memphis International Airport in Tennessee with a crew of two on board. Following the landing gear collapse, the no.1 engine pylon was severed and a significant fire erupted in that area. The aircraft came to rest on the edge of the runway, 1934 meters past the runway threshold of runway 10L. An explosion occurred some 75 seconds after the airplane came to a stop, blowing a wing panel in the air. The airport fire services arrived on scene about 1 minute and 45 seconds after the plane stopped. By then the left wing was fully engulfed in flames. The fire consumed the left hand wing, outboard of the no.1 engine.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the left main landing gear (MLG) due to fatigue cracking that initiated at a corrosion pit. The pit formed in the absence of a required protective cadmium coating the cause of which could not be determined from available evidence. Contributing to the failure of the left MLG was the operator's overhaul limit, which exceeded that recommended by the airplane manufacturer without sufficient data and analysis to ensure crack detection before it progressed to failure."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: DCA17MA022
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» FedEx cargo plane burns at Fort Lauderdale airport (CNN)
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METAR Weather report:
12:53 UTC / 16:53 local time:
KFLL 281253Z 07013G25KT 10SM FEW028 FEW070 OVC085 26/20 A3005 RMK AO2 PK WND 06027/1200 SLP174 T02610200

13:53 UTC / 17:53 local time:
KFLL 281353Z 07015G24KT 10SM FEW035 SCT055 OVC150 26/20 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP180 T02610200

14:53 UTC / 18:53 local time:
KFLL 281453Z 06011G21KT 10SM FEW030 SCT036 SCT080 OVC150 27/20 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP181 T02670200 51012


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Distance from Memphis International Airport, TN to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1360 km (850 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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