Airplane Crash - Portland, Oregon 12/28/1978

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Portland, Oregon


Date12/28/1978
Time18:15
LocationPortland, Oregon
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #173
RouteDenver - Portland
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-61
RegistrationN8082U
Cn/In45972/357
Aboard189
Fatalities10
Ground0
SummaryWhile on a flight from Denver to Portland, the aircraft ran out of fuel while the crew was distracted with a landing gear problem. Failure of the captain to monitor properly the aircraft's fuel state and to properly respond to the low fuel state as indicated by other crew members. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the other two flight crew members either to fully comprehend the criticality of the fuel state or to successfully communicate their concern to the captain.

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