Event Details

Title:Loss of control and crash, Air Transport International, Inc. Flight 805, Douglas DC-8-63, N794AL, Swanton, Ohio, February 15, 1992
Micro summary:This DC-8-63 crashed following a missed approach.
Event Time:1992-02-15 at 0326 EST
File Name:1992-02-15-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-92-05
Site of event:3 nm NW of Toledo Express Airport
Latitude/Longitude:N4137.95' W8348.07'
Departure:Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, Washington, USA
Destination:Toledo Express Airport, Toledo, Ohio
Airplane Type(s):Douglas DC-8-63
Flight Phase:Missed Approach
Operator(s):Air Transport International
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On February 15, 1992, at 0326 eastern standard time, Air Transport International flight 805 crashed about 3 miles northwest of the Toledo Express Airport after executing a second missed approach to runway 7. Night instrument flight conditions prevailed. The airplane was destroyed, and the flightcrew of three and a passenger onboard received fatal injuries. The airplane had departed Seattle, Washington, at 2145 and was operating as a scheduled domestic air freight carrier under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the flightcrew to properly recognize or recover in a timely manner from the unusual aircraft attitude that resulted from the captain's apparent spatial disorientation, resulting from physiological factors and/or a failed attitude director indicator.

The safety issues raised in this report include unusual attitude recovery training for flightcrews, crew fatigue, and cockpit resource management.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Operations - Upset in-flight (extreme attitudes, stall, spin)
Other - Crew Fatigue
Consequence - Hull Loss
Close match:Uncontrolled Collision with Terrain, American International Airways Flight 808, Douglas DC-8-61, N814CK, US Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, August 18, 1993


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