Thursday, August 12, 2021

McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, N296UP: Accident occurred August 11, 2021 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (KPHX), Maricopa County, Arizona

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. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Phoenix, Arizona

United Parcel Service Company

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Accident Number: DCA21LA210
Date and Time: August 11, 2021, 00:59 UTC 
Registration: N296UP
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: McDonnell Douglas 
Registration: N296UP
Model/Series: MD-11F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Louisville, KY (KSDF)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.272847,-112.07324 

1 comment:

  1. The infamous MD-11 elevator issue continues to bite even the most experienced crew if not on top of the landing. For those not in the know:

    Because of the MD-11s smaller horizontal stabilizer over the DC-10, a computerized longitudinal stability augmentation system - or LSAS - was added to improve pitch handling qualities. However, that system disengages when the autopilot is disconnected and the aircraft is hand-flown to touchdown. My late retired Delta MD-11 captain neighbor who also few DC-10s for Northwest had a lot to say about the MD-11 both good and bad (RIP).