Airplane Crash - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas 05/30/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas


Date05/30/1972
Time06:24
LocationDallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
OperatorDelta Air Lines
Flight #9570
RouteTraining
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-14
RegistrationN3305L
Cn/In45700
Aboard4
Fatalities4
Ground0
SummaryWhile practicing touch and go landing the aircraft crashed after getting caught in the wake turbulence of a DC-10. An encounter with a trailing vortex generated by a preceding 'heavy' jet which resulted in an involuntary loss of control of the airplane during final approach. Although cautioned to expect turbulence the crew did not have sufficient information to evaluate accurately the hazard or the possible location of the vortex. Existing FAA procedures for controlling VFR flight did not provide the same protection from a vortex encounter as was provided to flights being given radar vectors in either IFR or VFR conditions.

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