Southwest Airlines Flight 255 Accident Report

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Aircraft Accident Report Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Accident Background[1] : Flight : Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Flight No. : N312RC Aircraft : McDonnell Douglas MD-80 (Twin Turbofan Engined Short – Medium Range Commercial Jet) Date : 08:46 pm, Aug 16, 1987 Location : Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan Crew : 6 Passengers : 149 Casualties: 6 + 148 + 2 = 156 (6 crew, 148 passengers, 2 on ground) Survivors : 1 (Cecelia Cichan, 4 year old) History of Flight[1] [2] : Northwest Airlines Flight 255 started at Tri-City Airport in Saginaw, Michigan and was scheduled for the destination of John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California. It had 2 intermediate stops – Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. At about 8:46 pm, on 16 August, 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnel Douglas MD-82 aircraft, crashed shortly after take-off from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The incident killed all 6 crew and 148 of the total 149 passengers. The crash also killed 2 people on the ground when they were driving their car. 5 people on the ground were injured seriously. The sole survivor of this crash - Cecelia Cichan, a 4 year old girl, sustained serious injuries from which she finally recovered. This crash is considered to be the second deadliest aviation accident at the time in the US. Causes[1] [2] [3] : Primary Causes[1] [2] [3] : 

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