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DC10, en-route, diversion Sioux City USA, 1989

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Summary
On 19 July 1989, a United Airlines DC-10 (Flight 232), after earlier improper inspection, suffered an uncontained engine failure which led to loss of hydraulic systems and Loss of Control during an attempted emergency landing, which was followed by a post crash fire.
Event Details
When July 1989
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Airworthiness, Fire Smoke and Fumes, Loss of Control
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions On Ground - Normal Visibility
Flight Details
Aircraft MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10
Operator United Airlines
Domicile United States
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Denver International Airport
Intended Destination Chicago/O'Hare International Airport
Actual Destination Sioux Gateway
Take off Commenced Yes
Flight Airborne Yes
Flight Completed No
Flight Phase Cruise
ENR
Location - Airport
Airport Sioux Gateway
General
Tag(s) Approach not stabilised,
Extra flight crew (no training)
FIRE
Tag(s) Post Crash Fire
LOC
Tag(s) Airframe Structural Failure,
Significant Systems or Systems Control Failure,
Loss of Engine Power,
Hard landing,
Unintended transitory terrain contact
EPR
Tag(s) “Emergency” declaration,
RFFS Procedures
AW
System(s) Hydraulic Power,
Engine - General
Contributor(s) Component Fault in service
Outcome
Damage or injury Yes
Aircraft damage Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage Yes
Injuries Many occupants
Fatalities Many occupants ()
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Technical
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation,
Aircraft Airworthiness,
Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type Independent

Description

On 19 July 1989, a United Airlines MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10 (Flight 232), after earlier improper inspection, suffered an uncontained engine failure which led to loss of hydraulic systems and Loss of Control during an attempted emergency landing, which was followed by a post crash fire.

UA232 1989
Damage to aircraft's tail section (source: NTSB report)

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