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 (presumed drowned)
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, USA after departing Newark International Airport (now Newark Liberty International Airport), Newark, New Jersey, USA on January 23, 1982.


World Airways Flight 30 was a regularly scheduled flight from Oakland to Boston via Newark. The first leg of the flight was uneventful. Flight 30 departed Newark under the command of Captain Peter Langley (58), First Officer Donald Hertzfeld (38), and Flight Engineer William Rogers (56). Bobbi Sue Griffey was the Senior Flight Attendant in charge of the passenger cabin. The other eight flight attendants were Marcel deLannoy, Debi Groves, Susan Hayes, Lisa Jorgensen, Brian Linke, Lynne Paris, Annabella Pidlaoan, and Joan McCaul Sayeg.

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 that the aircraft was not going to be able to stop on the runway, and since there was insufficient space remaining on the runway to take off again ("touch and go"), the pilots 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. The three pilots, Flight Attendant Lisa Jorgensen, Flight Attendant Lynne Paris, and three passengers ended up in the water. Passengers Walter Metcalf, 70, and Leo Metcalf, 40, were presumed drowned. They were never found.[1] 210 passengers and crew, among them documentarian and television show host Justine Shapiro, survived.[2]

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