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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232857
Last updated: 10 February 2020
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Date:11-NOV-1979
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30
Owner/operator:Aéromexico
Registration: XA-DUH
C/n / msn: 46937/152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 311
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:over Luxembourg -   Luxembourg
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frankfurt
Destination airport:Miami
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Aéromeico Flight 945, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30 aircraft, entered a prestall buffet and a sustained stall over Luxembourg, at 29,800 ft while climbing to 31,000 ft en route to Miami, Florida, from Frankfurt, Germany. Stall recovery was effected at 18,900 ft. After recovery, the crew performed an inflight functional check of the aircraft and, after finding that it operated properly, continued to their intended destination.
After arrival at Miami, Florida, it was discovered that portions of both outboard elevators and the lower fuselage tail area maintenance access door were missing. There were no injuries to the 311 persons on board Flight 945. No injuries or damage to personnel or property on the ground was reported.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this incident was the failure of the flightcrew to follow standard climb
procedures and to adequately monitor the aircraft's flight instruments. This resulted in the aircraft entering into a prolonged stall buffet which placed the aircraft outside the design envelope.

Sources:

NTSB

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of XA-DUH courtesy AirHistory.net


Miami - International (KMIA / MIA)
December 1985; (c) Bob Garrard

Revision history:

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