American Airlines accidents and incidents

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This page lists American Airlines accidents and incidents. For lists of accidents and incidents on subsidiary carriers, see Envoy Air and American Connection

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  • August 9, 1931: A Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor, registration NC9662, crashed on the bank of the Little Miami River near Cincinnati, Ohio, killing all 6 on board. The cause was failure and separation of the right side engine due to a broken hub.[1]
  • March 19, 1932: A Fokker F.10A, registration NC652E, crashed in an orchard near Calimesa, California after striking power lines in heavy fog, killing all seven on board.[2]
  • September 8, 1932: A Fokker F.10, registration NC9716, crashed into a mountain in poor weather near Salt Flat, Texas, killing 3 of 4 on board.[3]
  • January 20, 1933: A Stearman 4, registration NC11721, crashed into a hillside in poor visibility near Boerne, Texas, killing the pilot. The cause was spatial disorientation.[4]
  • March 6, 1934: A Pilgrim 100A, registration NC710Y, crashed into a snowdrift near Petersburg, Illinois during a blizzard, killing all four on board. The cause was wing/propeller icing.[5]
  • June 9, 1934: A Curtiss Condor, registration NC12354, crashed into Last Chance Hill in New York, killing all seven on board. The cause was pilot error.[6]
  • January 14, 1936: A Douglas DC-2-120 operating as American Airways Flight 1 crashed near Goodwin, Arkansas, killing all 17 people on board. Cause undetermined.[7]





  • December 28, 1970: American Airlines (Trans Caribbean Airways) 727-200; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The pilot made a hard landing which caused the aircraft to bounce, followed by a second touchdown which caused the main landing gear to fail. The aircraft overran the runway and hit an embankment. Two of the 46 passengers were killed, the crew survived.
  • June 12, 1972: American Airlines Flight 96; the rear cargo door of a near-new McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route from Los Angeles to New York with stops in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI and Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY opened in flight, causing an explosive decompression over Windsor, Ontario. Tail controls were damaged but it landed safely at Detroit. The cause was a design flaw of the DC-10 rear cargo door latching mechanism. (See Turkish Airlines Flight 981)
  • April 27, 1976: American Airlines Flight 625, a Boeing 727, crashed on approach to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands resulting in a considerable number of fatalities. Overran short runway, pilot error cited. American subsequently ceased all jet service into St. Thomas until runway expansion and other airport improvements were completed. During this interim period, American served St. Thomas with Convair 440 prop aircraft operated by a wholly owned subsidiary, American Inter-Island Airlines (see Notes under Fleet history section).
  • May 25, 1979: American Airlines Flight 191, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, crashed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. During the takeoff roll, the left engine and pylon separated from the wing. The crew continued the takeoff, but wing damage due to the engine separation also damaged the aircraft hydraulic system and caused retraction of some flight control surfaces. The aircraft rolled and crashed shortly after takeoff. All 258 passengers and 13 crew were killed. Two people on the ground were also killed. This is the deadliest accident in the airline's history and the deadliest on U.S. soil.
  • 15 November 1979: American Airlines Flight 444 en route from Chicago-Washington, DC; the Unabomber attempted to blow up the flight with a bomb smuggled into the cargo hold. The explosive failed to detonate, instead only giving off large quantities of smoke. There were no fatalities, and 12 passengers were treated for smoke inhalation.




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  1. ^ American Airways NC9662 accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  2. ^ American Airways NC652E accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  3. ^ American Airways NC9716 accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  4. ^ American Airways NC11721 accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  5. ^ American Airways NC710Y accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  6. ^ American Airways Flight 1 accident synopsis retrieved 2011-20-12
  7. ^ American Airways Flight 1 accident synopsis retrieved 2010-06-05
  8. ^ Record 19430728-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  9. ^ Record 19431015-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  10. ^ Record 19440210-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  11. ^ Record 19450110-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  12. ^ Record 19430223-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  13. ^ Record 19460303-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  14. ^ Record 19460825-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  15. ^ Record 19470808-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  16. ^ Strange and Unusual Accidents at Plane Crash Info. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  17. ^ Record 19500822-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  18. ^ Record 19520122-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  19. ^ Harry McCormick (1952-06-29). "Two Denton Youths Lose Lives as Plane Hits Giant DC6 Liner". The Dallas Morning News. 
  20. ^ Staff writers (1953-03-06). "Pilot of Small Plane Blamed for Fatal Love Field Collision". The Dallas Morning News. 
  21. ^ Record 19530916-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  22. ^ Accident description for American Airlines Flight 163 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2009-09-13.
  23. ^ Record 19550804-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  24. ^ Record 19570106-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  25. ^ Record 19590815-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  26. ^ "Electra Airliner Flips at LaGuardia, Burns; 76 Aboard Walk Out". Schenectady Gazette (Schenectady, New York). September 15, 1960. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-188 Electra N6127A New York-LaGuardia Airport, NY (LGA)". Aviation Safety Network / Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  28. ^ Kihss, Peter (March 2, 1962). "All 95 on Jetliner Killed in Crash into Bay on Take-Off at Idlewild; President Spurs Federal Inquiry; Wreckage Burns". New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  29. ^ Record 19850416-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  30. ^ Record 19850627-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  31. ^ Record 19880203-0 at Aviation Safety Net
  32. ^ "NTSB Brief of Accident FTW88NA106" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  33. ^ "ASN Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  34. ^ "NTSB Brief of Accident DCA93MA040" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  35. ^ "ASN Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  36. ^ St. Pierre, Nancy; Box, Terry; Lincoln Michel, Karen; Freedenthal, Stacey (April 15, 1993). "30 Hurt After Jet Slides Off Runway - Passengers Injured During Exit On Escape Chutes". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Safety Board Calls For Emergency Exit Door Redesign". Air Safety Week. 2002-08-19. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  38. ^ "NTSB Brief of Accident FTW01FA127" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  39. ^ "ASN Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  40. ^ "Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  41. ^ "Preliminary Report - Aviation". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 4 April 2009. 
  42. ^ American Airlines' employee dies after falling down at Miami Intl (in Portuguese)
  43. ^ American Airlines Plane crashes at Jamaica Airport