Delta Air Lines Flight 191

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Delta Air Lines Flight 191
N726DA.jpg
The remains of N726DA's tail sectionNF
Accident
DateAugust 2, 1985
SummaryLoss of control due to a microburst, resulting in runway undershoot
SiteDallas/Fort Worth International Airport
32°55′06″N 097°01′25″W / 32.91833°N 97.02361°W / 32.91833; -97.02361Coordinates: 32°55′06″N 097°01′25″W / 32.91833°N 97.02361°W / 32.91833; -97.02361
Total fatalities137
Total injuries26
Aircraft
Aircraft typeLockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar
OperatorDelta Air Lines
IATA flight No.DL191
ICAO flight No.DAL191
Call signDELTA 191
RegistrationN726DA
Flight originFort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
StopoverDallas/Fort Worth International Airport
DestinationLos Angeles International Airport
Occupants163
Passengers152
Crew11
Fatalities136
Injuries25
Survivors27[a]
Ground casualties
Ground fatalities1
Ground injuries1

Delta Air Lines Flight 191 was a regularly scheduled Delta Air Lines domestic service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, via Dallas that crashed on August 2, 1985, at 18:05 (UTC−05:00). The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar operating this flight encountered a microburst while on approach to land on runway 17L (now marked 17C) at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

The pilots were unable to successfully escape the weather event, and the aircraft impacted the ground over a mile short of the runway. The flight hit a car driving north of the airport and crashed two water tanks. The crash killed 136 of the 152 passengers and 11 crew on board, and the driver of the car.

The wreckage of the accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the crash resulted from the flight crew's decision to fly through a thunderstorm, the lack of procedures and training to avoid or escape microbursts, and the lack of hazard information on wind shear.

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  1. The NTSB officially listed 29 survivors in its final report, but also noted that it was aware that 2 of the 29 identified survivors had died from their injuries. The NTSB explained that it was required by federal regulation to list these 2 deceased passengers as survivors because their deaths occurred more than 30 days after the crash.:6

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