Today August 31 1988 Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 Crashes


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Mr. Eighties
Apr 29, 2023
Today on August 31 1988 Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 crashes during take off killing 14 people and injuring 76. Thankfully more people didn’t die. The plane was a Boeing 727-200 series.

From Wikipedia:

At 08:30, Flight 1141 departed from the gate at DFW and was cleared by the ground controller to taxi to runway 18L. The aircraft was instructed to line up on the runway and hold for one minute due to the possibility of wake turbulence from an American Airlines DC-10 that was departing. The crew requested to extend the hold to two minutes, which was granted. The crew talked to the flight attendants for a while about what they would say on the cockpit recorder in case they crashed. Eventually this chat ceased as the crew was cleared for takeoff. The takeoff was normal until the main wheels left the ground, at which point the aircraft commenced a violent rolling motion and the right wing dropped. The aircraft's made contact with the runway briefly, and 650 feet (200 m) later, the right wingtip struck the runway.The aircraft developed compressor surges (due to breakdown of the airflow through the engine), and was unable to gain altitude or maintain stabilized flight. Approximately 900 feet (270 m) beyond the end of runway 18L, the plane's right wing hit the ILS localizer antenna, which set the wing on fire and caused it to start disintegrating while the plane was still in flight.The aircraft remained airborne for another 400 feet (120 m) before it struck the ground, sliding sideways and leaving a trail of wreckage 800 feet (240 m) long before finally coming to a rest 3,200 feet (980 m) from the end of the runway. Fire erupted in the right wing area and quickly spread and engulfed the rear of the aircraft.  The total flight time was 22 seconds, from liftoff to the first ground impact.

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