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30th of March 1992

A McDonnell Douglas Dc-9-32 was operating a scheduled domestic passenger flight between Madrid-Barajas Airport (span) and Granada Airport (Spain) Onboard a crew of 5 (2 flight crew and 3 cabin crew) and 94 passengers. The 20-year-old aircraft was powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A engines. After an uneventful flight, the aircraft was cleared for the approach to Runway 09 at Granada Airport.

The aft part of the aircraft after coming to a rest (Source: © Unknown)

During the approach, the necessary checklists were completed. With one exception everything was normal. The one exception was a tailwind component of 11 knots. The aircraft touched down heavy, 50 meters (164 feet) from the runway threshold. It bounced back into the air. The aircraft centre section

360 meters (1180 feet) later the aircraft (Source: © Unknown) touched down a second time after the spoilers were manually deployed. This second touched down caused all tires to blow out and the fuselage to break in two between the Stations 756 and 760.

Looking at the fractured fuselage, flaps are down and a row of seats can be seen. (Source © Unknown)

All passengers and crew managed to exit the aircraft unharmed. Reports on the accident state a vertical acceleration of 4.49 G on the first touchdown and 4.79 G on the second touchdown,

Why the crew accepted an approach with an 11 knots crosswind is unknown, we have been unable to locate an accident investigation report.

The incident aircraft in August 1988 © Frank C. Duarte Jr.

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