Miguel_Santos_4.2.docx - Running head ASSIGMENT 4.2 UNITED...

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 16 pages.

Running head: ASSIGMENT 4.2: UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 232 TRAGEDY 1 Assignment 4.2: United Airlines Flight 232 Tragedy Miguel Andrew F. Santos Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ASSIGMENT 4.2: UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 232 TRAGEDY 2 Assignment 4.2: United Airlines Flight 232 Tragedy Constructed to succeed the DC-8, the American McDonnell Douglas (MD) company introduced a new aircraft model which was represented as the DC-10-10. Structurally created to carry a maximum capacity of over 300 passengers, the DC-10-10 was built with a tri-jet wide- body aircraft design that advanced modernity and technology in the existing MD production aircraft line (Rane, 2017). In detail, this construction entailed that each of the aircraft’s wings would accommodate a jet engine while the third engine would situate at the base of the tail fin. Moreover, with this developed aircraft, the main intention of the company for the DC-10 was that it would the primary operating aircraft for long-haul services including the intercontinental routes. As a result, this placed the DC-10-10 in direct competition with the larger Boeing 747, which also opened up a new market for widebody passenger transport. Ultimately, as soon as the DC-10-10 was introduced in the year 1971, the aviation industry greeted the aircraft with much excitement, recognizing this aircraft to shape air travel (Rane, 2017). However, while the DC-10-10 was marking history in the air transportation, the period of acknowledgment was short-lived as in the first few years of commercial operations, the aircraft had experienced several catastrophic accidents that exposed major structural design flaws within the DC-10-10 and caused hundreds of fatalities. Most notably, one accident that was well- publicized even to this day, was the United Airlines (UAL) Flight 232 on July 19, 1989, at Sioux City, Iowa (Federal Aviation Administration [FAA], n.d.). Therefore, with this mentioned DC-10-10 accident, this case study will thoroughly examine the causal factors of the United Flight 232 accident. Specifically, the primary, contributing, mechanical and structural, and organizational factors. Additionally, to conclude the
ASSIGMENT 4.2: UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 232 TRAGEDY 3 case study, suggested risk mitigation strategies will be explained that perhaps could have either prevented the accidents or at the very least, reduce the severity of the accident. Primary Causal Factors to the Accident Operated by UAL and registered as N1819U, the involved DC-10-10 was a scheduled and domestic passenger flight taking a route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Denver, Colorado that also included an on-the-way stop in Chicago, Illinois (National Transport Safety Board [NTSB], 1990). But just after an hour proceeding the aircraft’s takeoff, the DC-10-10 suffered an unfamiliar yet loud bang that was followed by an immense shuddering and vibration on the airframe. And after examining the engine instruments, the flight crew discovered that the tail-mounted engine or Number (No.) Two engine had failed (NTSB, 1990). This initiated the

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture