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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155482
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-451
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: N661US
MSN: 23719/696
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 404
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Bering Sea -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Detroit - Metropolitan
Destination airport:Tokyo - Narita
Investigating agency: NTSB
On October 9, 2002, about 1740 Alaska daylight time, a Boeing 747-400 airplane, N661US, experienced a lower rudder hardover during cruise flight at FL350. The airplane was being operated as Flight 85, by Northwest Airlines Inc., as an instrument flight rules (IFR) scheduled international flight. The 4 flight crew members, 14 flight attendants, and the 386 passengers, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Detroit International Airport, Detroit, Michigan, about 1403 eastern daylight time, and was bound for the Narita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. Following the lower rudder hardover, the flight diverted to Anchorage, Alaska, where an uneventful landing was made.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

The fatigue fracture of the lower rudder power control module manifold, which resulted in a lower rudder hardover.

The 747 involved in the incident, N661US, was the prototype Boeing 747-400.


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Mar 2014 N661US Delta Airlines 0 John F. Kennedy International Airport unk


Photo of N661US courtesy

Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (KATL / ATL)
24 November 2019; (c) Brady Noble

Revision history:

21-Apr-2013 13:10 whiteshark Added
21-Apr-2013 19:12 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2014 20:19 Anon. Updated [Cn]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
13-Jul-2018 12:30 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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