Talk:McDonnell Douglas MD-80

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Midwest Airlines termination of MD-80 operations[edit]

The article states that the MD-80 primarily served flights from Kansas City to the west coast. This is error. The Kansas City Business Journal stated that parking the MD-80s would affect flights to the west coast (a true statement), but it did not state where those flights originated. The contributor to this site then assumed that the flights actually originated from Kansas City, which is not the case.

Speaking from personal experience as an MD-80 pilot for Midwest who flew the routes until a recent (July, 2008) furlough, nearly all MD-80 flights originated in Milwaukee, to the west coast or to cities in Florida. The B-717 can and does operate from MCI to the west coast, whereas only the MD-80 has the range to reach cities such as LAX, SFO and SEA nonstop from MKE. Certain Milwaukee - San Francisco flights conducted an scheduled intermediate stop in Kansas City; these were the only scheduled Kansas City flights to the west coast operating MD-80 aircraft.

Midwest's situation remains in flux; as of September, 2008, there continues to be discussion of retaining three MD-80s as charter aircraft. It is too early to determine whether the airline will ultimately retain three MD-80s, dispose of all of them, or find another solution.

Mikepurves (talk) 01:59, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Edited Mikepurves (talk) 02:14, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

I simplified the wording there to what the reference actually states and considering your comment about the departure location not being stated. Thanks for bringing this up. -Fnlayson (talk) 03:47, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

"Pilot says fuse probable cause of Barajas crash"[edit]

An article under this headline appeared in the English edition of "El Pais" today. It relates the results of an investigation by James W. Hudspeth into similarities between the Barajas (Madrid) accident this year, and an incident on June 5th last year at Lanzarote involving an MD-83. Hudspeth believes that a fuse is "routinely removed by mechanics as a solution to fix gauge-reading problems". He links the Madrid and Lanzarote events with the 1987 accident in Detroit already mentioned here.

Has anyone else seen this report? The Lanzarote incident, in which the aircraft came within 10 metres of crashing into buildings while recovering from loss of attitude/altitude, shortly after taking off without its flaps extended, bears what the article calls "eerie similarities" to the other accidents. It seems that the fuse concerned is also involved in the Take-Off Warning System, which should alert the pilots to the fact that flats/slats are not in the correct position for take-off.

The Lanzarote incident is not currently mentioned in the article, although the MD-83 came close to a catastrophic acccident; the Hudspeth claims are not yet mentioned. I believe that both should be incorporated into the article, although it is still early days for the latter.

There is discussion of the report at here. --TraceyR (talk) 20:24, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

I think most of this should be discussed at Spanair Flight 5022 as for the Lanzarotte accident we would need a reliable source that it was a notable accident came close does not appear to be notable. MilborneOne (talk) 20:36, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
I was basing the suggestion for inclusion on Bill Zuk's definition above that "an 'incident' that is notable is one in which an airframe is substantially damaged or places the airframe and/or passengers and crew in jeopardy." (my emphasis). The latter would appear to be the case; we could reference the El Pais article (which includes a graphic comparing the very similar flight paths of the two incidents). If the link to the other crashes were to be established, it would certainly be necessary to mention it. --TraceyR (talk) 22:12, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

propfan versions[edit]

There should be some coverage of the MD-91X and MD-92X propfans. (talk) 08:42, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

See McDonnell Douglas MD-94X. -Fnlayson (talk) 17:30, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

current configurations and capacity[edit]

According to SeatGuru ( no airline currently configures any MD-80 series plane for more than 150 seats. I inserted a citation needed marker in the first section of the article where it says typical configurations are 140 and 165. (talk) 20:45, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Manufacturer is Missing[edit]

Manufacturer is missing at the brief at right, it should be added:

  • Douglas Aircraft
  • McDonnell Douglas — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:01, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
No, as the MD-80 was developed after DOuglas merged with McDonnell. - BilCat (talk) 16:15, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Also, nowhere in the article does it state cruise altitudes for this airframe

Trennor (talk) 02:38, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Algerian MD83 crash 2014[edit]

No cause as yet determined

2507 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:48, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

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