Runway excursion Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N961VJ, Friday 21 February 1986
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Date:Friday 21 February 1986
Time:08:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Owner/operator:USAir
Registration: N961VJ
MSN: 47506/588
Year of manufacture:1970
Total airframe hrs:42104 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Erie International Airport, PA (ERI) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ)
Destination airport:Erie International Airport, PA (ERI/KERI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The 2800 feet runway Visual Range (RVR) was below the ILS runway 06 minimum of 4000 feet. The Erie Airport runway 24 RVR appeared to be within limits and an ILS approach and landing were carried out in tailwind conditions.
The DC-9 touched down 1800/2000 feet down the snow-covered runway 24 at Vref+10 knots. Braking action was poor because the spoilers didn't auto-deploy because of insufficient wheel spin-up on the slippery runway. The aircraft overran through a fence and crossed a road before coming to rest 180 feet beyond the runway end. A tailwind landing on a slippery runway 24 is not allowed.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Planning/decision - improper - pilot in command
Go-around - not performed - pilot in command

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB/AAR-87/02/SUM
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB/AAR-87/02/SUM

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photo (c) NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC); Erie International Airport, PA (ERI); February 1986


photo (c) collection Arno Janssen; Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD); 06 September 1977

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