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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Datum:dinsdag 16 november 1976
Tijd:17:30 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Texas International Airlines
Registratie: N9104
Constructienummer: 47081/155
Bouwjaar: 1967
Aantal vlieguren:24333
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 81
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 86
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 987
Texas International Flight 987, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14, crashed after rejecting a takeoff from runway 8R at Denver-Stapleton
International Airport, Colorado. The takeoff was rejected when the stall warning stickshaker activated after the aircraft had rotated
for takeoff. When the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft within the confines of the runway, it overran the runway, traversed drainage ditches, struck approach light stanchions, and stopped.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A malfunction of the stall warning system, for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a false stall warning and an unsuccessful attempt to reject the take-off after the aircraft had accelerated beyond refusal and rotation speed.
The decision to reject the take-off although not consistent with standard operating procedures and training, was reasonable in this instant case, based upon the unusual circumstances in which the crew found themselves, the minimal time available for decision, and the crew's judgment concerning a potentially catastrophic situation."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-77-10
Download report: Final report

» NTSB Safety Recommendations A-77-16
» NTSB/SIR-90/02 (4)
» NTSB-AAR-77-10


NTSB issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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photo of DC-9-14-N9104
accident date: 16-11-1976
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
registration: N9104

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO en Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX bedraagt 1383 km (864 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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