Delta Airlines Flight 191: Microburst
Delta Airlines Flight 191
On 2nd August 1985, Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed Tristar aircraft, was flying from Florida to Los Angeles via Dallas when the aircraft flew through thunderstorm and encountered a severe microburst-induced wind shear on final approach to Dallas. The aircraft crashed with only 27 survivors out of the 163 people on board.
The cause of the accident was attributed due to pilot’s decision to continue the approach in severe thunderstorm, hence bringing the aircraft into the microburst-induced wind shear.
This was compounded by the fact that there were no clear procedures and training for pilots to handle wind shear, as well as a lack of on-board radar equipment to provide and detect real time updates of severe wind changes on the aircraft’s approach course.
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Want to know more?
- Wikipedia – Delta Airlines Flight 191
- This page in Wikipedia offers more detailed information about the occurrence.
- Aircraft Accident Report – Delta Airlines Flight 191
- This page provides a comprehensive analysis on the accident, inclusive of the causal factors and recommendations to prevent this from occurring again.
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