Thursday, November 26, 2020

Boeing 777-232(ER), N860DA: Accident occurred September 30, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Delta Air Lines Inc

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: DCA21LA018
Date & Time: September 30, 2020, 19:00 UTC 
Registration: N860DA
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Injuries: 1 Serious, 251 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing
Registration: N860DA
Model/Series: 777 200-ER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: (UAM)
Destination: (EDF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 12 None 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 239 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 251 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.173441,-149.98675 (est)


  1. Serious injury to one crew member and the preliminary report does not have even a single sentence on what happened?


  2. Help US in understanding why "DCA21LA018" appears only on this site. Search of web search engines "DCA21LA018" result in one response.
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    6 hours ago — Accident Number: DCA21LA018. Date & Time: September 30, 2020, 19:00 UTC. Registration: N860DA. Aircraft: Boeing 777. Injuries: 1 Serious ...

    GOOGLE states "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 1 already displayed.
    If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

    1. Because web crawling did not find other sites that list that accident number?

      The NTSB "CAROL" tool finds the preliminary report if you paste DCA21LA018 into the "NTSB Number" field, so the reporting is real.

      As far as the oddly incomplete report is concerned, maybe the crew injury on board needed an accident number to get insurance or OSHA filings rolling and details will fill in later (just a guess).