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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74013
Last updated: 2 September 2019
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Date:28-FEB-2000
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC87 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-72
Owner/operator:NASA
Registration: N817NA
C/n / msn: 46082/458
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Heklafjell -   Iceland
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Edwards Air Force Base, CA
Destination airport:Kiruna, Sweden
Narrative:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) DC-8 airborne sciences research
airplane inadvertently flew through a diffuse volcanic ash cloud of the Mt. Hekla volcano in February
2000 during a flight from Edwards Air Force Base (Edwards, California) to Kiruna, Sweden. Although
the ash plume was not visible to the flight crew, sensitive research experiments and instruments detected it. In-flight performance checks and postflight visual inspections revealed no damage to the airplane or engine first-stage fan blades; subsequent detailed examination of the engines revealed clogged turbine cooling air passages. The engines were removed and overhauled.

Sources:

http://www.alpa.org/portals/alpa/volcanicash/03_NASADC8AshDamage.pdf


Images:

Photo of N817NA courtesy AirHistory.net


Ramstein (ETAR / RMS)
14 January 2018; (c) Streep

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Apr-2010 12:18 Alessandro Added
20-Apr-2010 12:33 harro Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
19-May-2012 09:14 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Narrative]

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