Airplane Crash - Near Albuquerque, New Mexico 11/03/1973

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Albuquerque, New Mexico


Date11/03/1973
Time16:40
LocationNear Albuquerque, New Mexico
OperatorNational Airlines
Flight #27
RouteMiami, FL - San Francisco, CA
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
RegistrationN60NA
Cn/In46700/14
Aboard128
Fatalities1
Ground0
SummaryOverspeeding of the starboard engine caused the engine to disintegrate. Pieces struck the fuselage, breaking a window, causing rapid explosive decompression and a passenger was sucked out of the plane. The plane landed safely. The captain and flight engineer were experimenting with the autothrottle system by tripping the circuit breakers which supplied the instruments which measured the rotational speed of each engine's low pressure compressor. This led to engine overspeeding and destruction of the engine.

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