World Aviation Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Northwest 1482 was cleared from the gate towards Runway 03C, but it missed turning onto taxiway Oscar 6 and instead entered the Outer taxiway. N661US has flown for 3 companies during its 27 year history. [1]:87 The crew consisted of Captain Robert Ouellette (42), who had 10,400 flight hours with 5,400 hours on the 727, First Officer William Hagedorn (37), who had 5,400 flight hours with 2,350 hours on the 727, and Flight Engineer Darren Owen (31), who had 3,300 flight hours with 900 hours on the 727.[1]:14. In January 2004, the Airline Pilot Association awarded the "Superior Airmanship Award" to Northwest 85 crew. This wasn’t your typical hand flying however. N278US was flown by Kitty Hawk Aircargo before being scrapped in 2011. It occurred when Flight 1482, a scheduled Douglas DC-9-14 operating from Detroit to Pittsburgh International Airport, taxied by mistake onto an active runway in dense fog and was hit by a departing Boeing 727 operating as Flight 299 to Memphis International Airport. Virgin Australia Prepares For Upcoming Holiday Season, SKY Airlines Plans to Issue $100 Million In Bonds, Go…, Major European Flight School Charging Students $81,000 to Convert Licences, Italian Authorities Threaten to Ban Ryanair Over COVID-19 Procedures, Cape Air Chosen for Manistee Essential Air Service Despite Controversy, United Moves Flight Crews Away from Downtown Hotels in Anticipation of Post-Election Civil Protests, Interjet Cancels Flights After it Fails to Pay for Fuel, Eastern CEO Details Strategy After Purchasing Additional 777s. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Aircraft Accident Report, Northwest Airlines Inc. 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Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. N661US in Northwest colors (Photo provided by Ken Fielding/ [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons). We’re the youngest team of airline industry journalists out there. At that time, the flight crew only had limited rudder control and no control of the ailerons which meant they had to steer the aircraft with asymmetric or differing engine thrust. began in February, 2013 as a one-man (er… teenager, rather) show. Northwest Airlines Flight 85 was a regularly scheduled international passenger flight between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Narita International Airport. Despite being in the communications dead zone, Northwest 85 contacted Northwest Airlines 19, who relayed the mayday message to Anchorage. N661US at ATL (Photo provided by Sylvester Pittman, N661US was a Boeing 747-451 tester aircraft, but was given to Northwest Airlines. The pilots used asymmetric engine thrust and the upper rudder to guide the aircraft to land at Anchorage, Alaska. There is no timeline yet for when the process will begin, however this had been done before with a DC-9 and a 757, which now sit in the parking lot outside of the museum. The Boeing 747-451 involved was registered as N661US and was built by Boeing Co for flight testing as N401PW. That’s okay though, because we’re all here for the same reason: we love the airlines. The incident occurred at 35,000ft (FL350). In 2002, the plane tried to kill him and 400 passengers. The NTSB also did not receive medical records for the copilot and six passengers who were treated and released from area hospitals; for the purposes of the report, the NTSB assumed that they received minor injuries. On 9 October 2002, the Boeing 747-451 experienced a lower rudder hardover due to metal fatigue. Deciding that no immediate danger existed, he did not order an emergency evacuation, and the passengers and crew deplaned using the rear airstair after the aircraft was sprayed with fire retardant foam as a precaution. The DC-9 caught fire and was destroyed. On…, Eastern Airlines made headlines in June when it became the only U.S. non-legacy commercial airline to add a passenger Boeing…, Due to fear of civil unrest caused by the Nov. 3 presidential election, United Airlines has made the proactive decision to move flight crews away from downtown hotels. Northwest Airlines flight 85 was operating from Detroit to Tokyo-Narita on October 9, 2002 when, over the Bering Sea, the airplane rolled into a 35-degree left bank. In January 2004 the Air Line Pilots Association awarded the “Superior Airmanship Award” to the crew of Northwest 85. After approximately 8 months of test flights, N401PW was reregistered as N661US and was delivered to the launch customer of the 747-400, Northwest Airlines, on January 26, 1989. The aircraft was delivered to Northwest Airlines on 8 December 1989. The NTSB added that it did not receive medical records for three passengers who were admitted to a burn center; for purposes of the report, the NTSB labeled their injuries as serious. Contributing to the fatalities in the accident was the inoperability of the DC-9 internal tail cone release mechanism. While she may be out of the sky, she will continue to be on display at the Delta Flight Museum, so people can continue to appreciate her beauty as the “Queen of the Skies.”. N661US was the first 747-400 ever built by Boeing and took its maiden flight on April 29, 1988 bearing the registration number N401PW. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) as well as Boeing launched investigations into the incident. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Senior Captain John Hanson and F/O David Smith were on rest break. [1]:79, The accident is featured in the fourth episode of Season 20 of Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation. Despite being in the communications dead zone, Northwest 85 contacted Northwest Airlines 19, who relayed the mayday message to Anchorage. They realized the mistake and contacted air traffic control, who told them to leave the runway immediately. In addition to being a Boeing test aircraft for nearly a year, N661US flew for Northwest Airlines from 1989 until 2009 when Northwest merged with Delta Airlines. The 27 year old bird will not be scrapped, instead it is moving across the street from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to its new home at the Delta Flight Museum. Contributing to the number and severity of injuries was the failure of the crew of the DC-9 to properly execute the passenger evacuation. The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries. This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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