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Type Certificate Suspension  
User currently offlineAudio19 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find out which transport category aircraft have ever had their type certificates lifted or suspended? I know the FAA suspended the DC-10's for a while in 1979 after the Chicago accident; but I can't seem to find a consistent answer as to whether or not that was the first time that happened to a major aircraft like that. Any ideas?

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User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

The DC-10 is by no means the only aircraft to ever have it's airworthiness certification revoked.

I don't know if ALL of these aircraft were ever "officially" suspended from flying ops, but they were all grounded after accidents/incidents:

Fokker F-10A
Lockheed Model 14 Zephyr
Lockheed Constellation
Douglas DC-6
Martin 202
Avro Tudor
He Havilland Comet
and of course the DC-10.


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User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

Let's not forget the Lockhead L-188!

User currently offlineAudio19 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

What exactly happens when a plane has its type certificate suspended--is the fleet grounded until the certificate is renewed?

User currently offlinePhilsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

Just speaking of the DC-10. The grounding only applied to GE powered DC-10s. Northwest's DC-10-40s were not affected.

User currently offlineAudio19 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

I read somewhere that when the DC-10s were grounded during the summer of 1979, it really hurt McDonnell Douglas. Was that grounding a major factor in MD's eventual dissolution?

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