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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 5 February 1985
Time:23:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
Operator:Airborne Express
Registration: N926AX
C/n / msn: 47002/105
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH (ILN/KILN), United States of America
Narrative:
Just after lift-off, the DC-9 rolled left and both no. 1 and 2 engine compressors stalled. The takeoff was abandoned and the aircraft landed back on its tail and right wingtip some 5600 feet from the runway threshold. The aircraft skidded for 2025 feet, hitting runway signs. A thin layer of ice (0,15 inch) had accumulated on the wings.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"wing .. ice
ice/frost removal from aircraft .. not performed .. pilot in command
stall .. Inadvertent .. Pilot in command
Contributing factors:
weather condition .. rain
weather condition .. snow
weather condition .. icing conditions
light condition .. dark night
visual/aural detection .. pilot in command.

Sources:
» Airport Operations Vol.19, No.6 (Nov/Dec 1993) / Flight Safety Foundation
» NTSB


Photos

photo of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15 I-TIGB
I-TIGB flew for six years for Itavia and was sold to Airborne Express as N926AX in July 1983
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Distance from Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH as the crow flies is 728 km (455 miles).

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