[British aviation expert David LEARMOUNT - cites international interest in cause of Detroit crash.]

Northwest fourteen sixty six metro tower traffic your following is a very short final runway three left cleared to land winds three zero zero at one three. The NTSB was unable to determine a cause for the electrical-power failure in the Central Aural Warning System (CAWS): "The failure of the takeoff warning system was caused by the loss of input 28V dc. I lived in Lansing when this happened and remember drinking coffee at the kitchen table and hearing the news on the radio the morning after. Dodds again acknowledged the instructions and this time acknowledged the new frequency and switched to it. As always, feel free to point out any mistakes or misleading statements, however I lost my ability to edit the album for some reason, so I can't fix anything including the obvious typo on the first slide. Editor’s note: the following is a first-person remembrance. The reason for the absence of electrical power could not be determined. The flight was headed to California when it left the gate in Detroit. Three zero zero at one three and we'll be going to page avjet. ", The investigators had talked with other MD-80 pilots, and learned that many pilots found it a nuisance to hear a take off configuration warning ("Slats ... Slats... Slats....") while they were simply taxiing on the airport property. As of 2016, it ranks as the fourth deadliest aviation crash in United States history, and the fourth deadliest for the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft line. The purpose is to increase the lift of the wing. Terms of Use | Online Privacy Policy, View live results for Michigan’s statewide races and local races in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties ». The granite memorial, pictured above, was erected in 1994. :), what year did the crash happen?, it didn’t say it in the documentary. At 20:44:04 Flight 255 was cleared for takeoff. Northwest Airlines Flight 255 was a flight that originated at MBS International Airport in Saginaw, Michigan, and was scheduled to terminate at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, with intermediate stops at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan, near Detroit, and at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Aircraft debris field scattered along Middlebelt Road. I was helping my brother move into a house in rural Wayne County on August 16, 1987. (Studio: Dan Rather) Crash of Northwest flight 255 in Detroit, Michigan, upon takeoff and death toll so far reported (Romulus, Michigan: Richard Roth) Apparent circumstances of crash examined; details given, scenes shown. The purpose of the flaps and slats is to increase the surface area of the wing to generate the lift necessary to take off. [2][3] It is also the deadliest aviation accident to have a sole survivor.

The MD-82's rate of climb was greatly reduced as a result of the flaps not being extended,[1]:67 and approximately 2,760 feet (840 m) past the end of runway 3C, the plane's left wing struck a light pole in an airport rental car lot. Detroit tower (to Northwest Airlines Flight 766). Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. WWJ Newsradio 950. Northwest two fifty five runway three center turn right heading zero six zero cleared for takeoff. The selfless (the mother, first responders) vs the selfish (looters). It began to roll side to side when elevated 50 feet above the ground. Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. It was almost two years before I got my first real job in radio. The report says another contributing factor to the crash was an unexplained power outage to the jet’s takeoff warning system, which failed to alert the flight crew the plane was not ready to fly.

Other than a minor problem taxiing to the arrival gate, the flight from Saginaw to Detroit was uneventful. Relatives took her in, protecting her from the media throughout her childhood. Some locals heard a massive explosion.

[1]:2 During the stopover in Detroit, a Northwest Airlines mechanic inspected the aircraft and the logbook. It's just a topic that I have an irrationally strong interest in, and which I enjoy sharing with others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash. It happened at 8:46 p.m. It was the evening of August 16 when Northwest flight 255 took off from Detroit Metro Airport, headed to Phoenix. I can't recall her name. If you need help with the Public File, call (313) 222-0566. Romulus firefighter Ron Thiede found the 4-year-old girl alive, still buckled in a booster seat strapped to her airline chair. DETROIT – It's one of the worst aviation disasters in U.S. history. [10] She sustained severe burns and fractures to her skull, collarbone, and left leg. There was only one survivor from the crash, 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan. Also a side note, it's interesting to hear the slight differences in ATC phraseology and such that have changed in the years since. At approximately 20:32 EDT, Flight 255 departed the gate in Detroit with 149 passengers (including 21 children) and six crew members. Right to zero six zero cleared to go northwest two fifty five. The second ground controller specified the route to runway 3C. A total of 154 Blue Spruce Trees, one marking each casualty, are partially seen beyond the marker.

WDET is a community service of Wayne State University. spokesperson John LAUBER - cites lack of information yet. At this point the autothrottle is now engaged and the aircraft's computer is now in takeoff mode. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter. That's the contrast of humanity there. Northwest fourteen sixty six so far that's approved I'll advise different. [Josie VANOS - mourns son.] While the investigators felt that it was probable that the P-40 circuit breaker had been pulled by the pilot on the incident flight, they could not definitely confirm if the circuit breaker had been tripped, intentionally opened, or if electric current failed to flow through the breaker to the CAWS while the breaker was closed: "Because the P-40 circuit breaker was badly damaged during the accident, the Safety Board couldn't determine positively its pre-impact condition. It was so common for pilots to pull the P-40 circuit breaker that the area around the circuit breaker was smudged from routinely being manipulated. She said there was a disgusting amount of looting. [4], The aircraft involved in the crash was a twin-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (registration number N312RC), a derivative of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series of aircraft. [17] The memorial has a dove with a ribbon in its beak reading, "Their spirit still lives on ..."; below it are the names of those who perished in the crash. [1]:1 The jet was manufactured in 1981, entering service with Republic Airlines and acquired by Northwest Airlines in its merger with Republic in 1986. Your connection to news, music, conversation. [PASSENGERS - comment.]



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