Fine Air Flight 101
The Fine Air Douglas DC-8 that crashed
|Date||August 7, 1997|
|Summary||Loss of control on take-off due to improper aircraft loading|
|Site||Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, United States |
|Total injuries||2 (on ground)|
|Aircraft type||Douglas DC-8-61F|
|Flight origin||Miami International Airport|
|Destination||Las Américas International Airport|
Fine Air Flight 101 was a scheduled cargo flight from Miami International Airport, in Miami, Florida, to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On August 7, 1997 the Douglas DC-8 crashed into a road (72nd Avenue) at 28th Street, in Miami near the airport. There were four people on the plane but only three bodies were found hours after the crash. Two people on the ground were reported to be injured. One person was killed while driving a vehicle.
The probable cause was the airplane was the cargo being loaded too far to the back of the plane. Combined with an incorrect stabilizer trim setting, the aircraft pitched up too far at takeoff. Witnesses said the plane looked like it was going to flip backwards as it took off. The plane, weighing 141 tonnes (139 long tons; 155 short tons), struggle to an altitude of 544 feet (166 m). Then it fell back to the ground, tail first. When the plane hit the ground it broke apart and caught fire.