Serious incident Airbus A320-212 N347NW,
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Date:Friday 14 June 1996
Time:10:57 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-212
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: N347NW
MSN: 408
Year of manufacture:1993
Total airframe hrs:10754 hours
Engine model:CFM CFM-56-211
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 106
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Boston, MA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:(KBOS)
Destination airport:Detroit, MI (KDTW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that a two to three degree uncommanded pitch decrease occurred about 600 feet above ground level at the same time as a flight control system pitch warning fault message was received. The crew declared an emergency and landed without further incident. During troubleshooting, the maintenance technician reported the right half of the stabilizer trim control package felt hot to the touch. The left side was cool. The trimmable horizontal stabilizer (THS) actuator was replaced, and the airplane was returned to service without further incident. Examination of the airplane logbooks revealed flight control system, pitch axis, discrepancies, and maintenance action following the previous two flights. Both elevator aileron computers, the THS electronic module, the THS actuator position monitor, and the pitch trim motor were replaced. Examination of the flight data recorder revealed erratic stabilizer movement on the previous two flights. The THS actuator and the pitch trim actuator servo motor functioned normally when tested. A defective diode was discovered in the electronic module. An Airbus Industries engineer reported the pitch oscillations could not be attributed to the defective diode.

Probable Cause: an undetermined intermittent fault in the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator system.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI96IA207
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report



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