Northwest Airlines Flight 5 (1990)

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Northwest Airlines Flight 5
Boeing 727-251-Adv, Northwest Airlines AN0207905.jpg
The aircraft involved in the incident
DateJanuary 4, 1990
SummaryIn-flight engine failure and subsequent loss of the engine
Sitenear Madison, Florida, United States
30°38′N 83°24′W / 30.633°N 83.400°W / 30.633; -83.400Coordinates: 30°38′N 83°24′W / 30.633°N 83.400°W / 30.633; -83.400
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-251
OperatorNorthwest Airlines
Flight originMiami International Airport
DestinationMinneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport

Northwest Airlines Flight 5 was an internal flight from Miami International Airport to Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport. On January 4, 1990, the Boeing 727-251 (registered N280US) had an engine failure in the third engine while flying over Madison, Florida.[1]

Aircraft[change | change source]

The aircraft was a Boeing 727-251 with registration N280US. The aircraft was 14 years old at the time of the incident. The aircraft was operated by Northwest Airlines.

Flight[change | change source]

On January 4, 1990, at 8:15 EST, the aircraft took off from Miami. At 9:10 , the pilots heard a loud bang. The pilots did not know that an engine fell off the aircraft.[2] The aircraft flew for 50 minutes before emergency landing at Tampa International Airport.[3]

After looking, it was found that the lavatory seal was missing. This made lavatory fluid freeze, and fall into the third engine. The engine fell off after being damaged. The engine was designed this way.[1][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weiner, Eric (January 5, 1990). "Jet Lands After an Engine Drops Off". The New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  2. Weiner, Eric (January 6, 1990). "Pilots Had No Way of Knowing Jet Engine Fell Off, Experts Say". The New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  3. Orsi, Jennifer (January 6, 1990). "Engine that fell from airliner found in Madison County". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 16, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. "MIA90IA047". National Transportation Safety Board. December 30, 1992. Retrieved April 16, 2010.