Douglas DC-8

Role: Narrow-body jet airliner National origin: United States Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company (1958-1967); McDonnell Douglas (1967-1972) First flight: May 30, 1958 Introduction: September 18, 1959, with Delta Air Lines and United Airlines Status: In limited service as cargo aircraft Primary users United Airlines UPS Airlines Delta Air Lines Produced: 1958–1972 Number built: 556 The Douglas…

Controlled Flight into Terrain “American 965”

American 965 Investigated by Aeronautica Civil Colombia, Santafe de Bogota NTSB Washington D.C. Type: B757-223 Registration: N651AA History of Flight On Dec. 20, 1995, at 2142 EST, American Airlines Flight 965, a scheduled passenger flight from Miami (MIA) Florida, USA to Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (SKCL) in Cali, Colombia, operating under instrument flight rules…

Fatigued Crew “American International Airways Flight 808”

American International Airways Flight 808 Aircraft: DC 8-61, registration N814CK At Leeward Point Airfield, US Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba On Aug.18 , 1993 at 1656 EDT. NTSB: AAR 94/04 On August 18, 1993, an American International Airways, Inc. Douglas DC-8-61 (N814CK), with three crew members on board struck level terrain 1,400 feet west…

Indecision “Avianca Zero Five Two”

  Accident summary Date: January 25, 1990 Summary: Fuel exhaustion caused by pilot and ATC error Site: Cove Neck, New York, U.S; N40°52′48″; W 073°29′43 Passengers: 149 Crew: 9 Fatalities: 73 Injuries (non-fatal): 85 Survivors: 85 Aircraft type: Boeing 707-321B Operator: Avianca Registration: HK-2016 Flight origin: El Dorado International Airport Stopover: José María Córdova Int’l…

Understanding Flight

The characteristics of fluids to have zero velocity at the surface of an object explain why one is not able to hose dust off a car. Flight is a relatively simple and widely studied phenomenon. As surprising as it may sound, though, it is often misunderstood. For example, most descriptions of the physics of lift…