Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30ER N139WA, Wednesday 6 May 2009
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Date:Wednesday 6 May 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30ER
Owner/operator:World Airways
Registration: N139WA
MSN: 46583/292
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:107814 hours
Engine model:General Electric CF6-50C2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 180
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Leipzig Airport (LEJ/EDDP)
Destination airport:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD (BWI/KBWI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A DC-10-30, operated by World Airways as flight 8535, experienced a hard landing failing the left nose tire upon landing on runway 10 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The flight crew executed a go-around and landed on runway 33L. The flight was a contract Defense Department Air Mobility Command flight from Leipzig (LEJ), Germany. There were 168 passengers and 12 crew members on board, 4 occupants were taken to a local hospital, and the first officer experienced a serious injury. The airplane had substantial damage to the nose gear, electronics and equipment bay, and forward pressure bulkhead. Weather was reported as visual conditions with light winds.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain’s inappropriate control inputs following a firm landing, resulting in two hard nose-gear impacts before executing a go-around.
Contributing to the inappropriate control inputs was the captain’s fatigue and physical discomfort; and a possible lack of practical consolidation of skills and experience due to a protracted and fragmented training period."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA09FA048
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


NTSB Accident docket



photo (c) NTSB; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI); May 2009; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Andreas Seifert; Leipzig Airport (LEJ/EDDP); 2008

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