Airplane Crash - Detroit, Michigan 01/11/1983

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Detroit, Michigan


Date01/11/1983
Time02:50
LocationDetroit, Michigan
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #2885
RouteDetroit - Los Angeles
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F37
RegistrationN8053U
Cn/In46010/406
Aboard3
Fatalities3
Ground0
SummaryAfter taking off the cargo plane rolled to the right with wings vertical to the ground until it crashed into a field. The flight crew's failure to follow procedural checklist requirements and to detect and correct a mistrimmed stabilizer before the aircraft became uncontrollable. Contributing to the accident was the captain allowing the second officer, who was not qualified to act as a pilot, to occupy the seat of the first officer and to conduct the take-off.

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