Accident Douglas DC-8-52F N810CK, Wednesday 9 December 1992
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Date:Wednesday 9 December 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-8-52F
Owner/operator:Connie Kalitta Services
Registration: N810CK
MSN: 45814/258
Year of manufacture:1966
Total airframe hrs:32283 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:32 km W of Denver, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dayton Airport, OH (DAY/KDAY)
Destination airport:San Jose Municipal Airport, CA (SJC/KSJC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft departed Dayton, Ohio on a flight to San Jose, California. While in cruise flight at Flight Level 310, 20 miles west of Denver, Colorado, the flight encountered severe clear air turbulence which caused major fluctuations in speed and oscillations in both pitch and roll. During these departures from controlled flight, the number one engine and 5.79 m (19 feet) of the leading edge of the left wing separated from the aircraft. In addition, the number four engine pylon cracked and experienced substantial structural damage. The flight conducted a precautionary descent and landed at Stapleton International Airport, Denver, Colorado. Preceding the occurrence, the flight was encountering light to occasionally moderate chop, with moderate to severe turbulence forecast.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An encounter with severe clear air turbulence."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN93FA015
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report



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