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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190793
Last updated: 11 December 2018
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Date:20-SEP-1981
Time:02:45 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF
Owner/operator:World Airways
Registration: N112WA
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 346
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Accident
Location:between Baltimore and London -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI)
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
A flight attendant on board World Airways Flight 32, a DC-10-30CF, was fatally injured as a result of being trapped between a service cart in the galley personnel lift and the ceiling of the lower galley as the lift raised.
No other crewmembers or passengers were injured. The flight landed at London Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom at 05:55 GMT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the malfunction of the galley personnel lift system door electrical interlock switches which permitted the galley personnel lift to rise with the door in the lower galley in the open position. Contributing to the accident was the design of the interlock switch system, the design of the galley lift service cart retention and release system, and the inadequate preflight inspection program for the galley lift system.

Sources:

NTSB-AAR-82-1

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-81-124 issued 21 September 1981 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-81-125 issued 21 September 1981 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-81-126 issued 21 September 1981 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-81-127 issued 21 September 1981 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-82-1 issued 20 January 1982 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-82-2 issued 20 January 1982 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-82-3 issued 20 January 1982 by NTSB to FAA


Revision history:

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21-Oct-2016 14:31 harro Added

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