World Airways Flight 30

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World Airways Flight 30
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF, World Airways AN1111039.jpg
A World Airways, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, similar to the one involved.
Accident summary
Date 23 January 1982
Summary Runway overshoot
Site Boston Logan Int'l Airport
Boston, United States
42°21′03″N 70°59′23″W / 42.35083°N 70.98972°W / 42.35083; -70.98972Coordinates: 42°21′03″N 70°59′23″W / 42.35083°N 70.98972°W / 42.35083; -70.98972
Passengers 200
Crew 12
Fatalities 2
Survivors 210
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF
Operator World Airways
Registration N113WA
Flight origin Newark Liberty International Airport
United States
Destination Boston Logan International Airport

World Airways Flight 30 was a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF airliner which suffered a fatality incident upon landing at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, after departing Newark International Airport on January 23, 1982.


The DC-10-30CF touched down 2,800 feet (850 m) beyond the displaced threshold. Under normal circumstances such an incident would have been of minor importance and the plane would have had sufficient space to come to a full stop on the 10,000 feet (3,000 m) long runway. However, the runway was covered in ice and the braking action was poor to nil (though reported to the pilots as "fair to poor").

When it became apparent to the pilots that the aircraft was not able to stop on the runway, they steered the plane off the runway in order to avoid hitting approach lights beyond the runway. The plane then skidded across a field and a taxiway before coming to rest in the 30 °F (−1 °C) waters of the Boston Harbor.[1]

The part of the DC-10-30CF that housed the aircraft cockpit and forward galley separated from the main body of the aircraft, submerging the first row of passenger seats. Two passengers seated in that row were never found and presumed dead; the third passenger in that row climbed back into the main cabin.[1]

Documentarian and television show host Justine Shapiro was a survivor.[2]

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External images - World Airways Flight #30H - eight crash site images