Airplane Crash - Denver, Colorado 07/11/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Denver, Colorado


Date07/11/1961
Time11:36
LocationDenver, Colorado
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #859
RouteOmaha - Denver
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-12
RegistrationN8040U
Cn/In45307
Aboard122
Fatalities17
Ground1
SummaryFollowing takeoff from Omaha, hydraulidifficulties were experienced. The flight was continued to Denver where the aircraft experienced asymmetrical reverse thrust while landing and crashed into a maintenance truck and burned. Asymmetrical thrust during the landing attempt due to a hydrauliemergency. Numbers 1 & 2 thrust reversers failed. The crew failed to activate the back-up high-pressure air bottle used to hold the reverse ejectors in the extended position during a hydrauliemergency. Poor evacuation procedures. A contributing factor was the failure of the first officer to monitor the thrust reverse indicator lights when applying reverse thrust and the crew's lack of training and knowledge on the aircraft's hydraulisystem. The driver of the maintenance truck was killed.

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