Incident McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83) N9627R, Sunday 17 February 2013
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Date:Sunday 17 February 2013
Time:22:08 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83)
Owner/operator:American Airlines
Registration: N9627R
MSN: 53597/2249
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW)
Destination airport:LGA/KLGA
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
American Airlines Flight 742 from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW) to New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) reprortedly suffered "flight control system" problems on approach to LaGuardia's runway 31.
The airplane had descended to about 1500 feet at 21:53 when the approach was aborted. Flight 742 climbed and a right hard turn was flown at 4000 feet for another approach to runway 31. It landed safely at 22:08.

A passenger on the flight recounted:
"On American Airlines Flight 742 from DFW to LaGuardia yesterday (February 17, 2013) when the pilot announced that the plane had lost its "flight control system" as we were trying to land at LaGuardia. (Without which, I gather, landing is not possible.) It was windy and they were making adjustments for that, I believe, when something failed in the aircraft. (An MD80) The pilot later announced that the system had luckily come back on (though he didn't know why...) and so they were able to "regain control of the aircraft" and "attempt another pass" at landing, which was successful.

I spoke to the long-time flight attendant attendant as I was leaving the plane and she was shaking and crying -- she said that she was "sure we were done for and going to crash." She said the red light kept coming on and then going off and that she was listening through the door to the pilots struggles and the plane would get to 2000ft and then up to 2500ft and then down again. (possibly she should change careers now) and the pilots were also pretty outraged, it seemed to me. They were having strong words with the maintenance crew as we deplaned."


I was on the plane.

Revision history:

18-Feb-2013 11:22 fisherberger Added
18-Feb-2013 11:39 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Feb-2013 17:02 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
21-Feb-2013 12:04 Anon. Updated [Phase]

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