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User currently offlineEmrecan From Turkey, joined Feb 2000, 945 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10158 times:

Hi everyone,

Do you have any idea about the youngest crashed aircraft?

It may be the AF A320 crashed during the tests of full electronic flight? (just a guess)

Or is there any crashed A/C during its first flights? Which type, which airline?

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User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10127 times:

Hi,

There is the A330-321 which crashed at TLS during a test flight. First flight on 14/10/1993, crashed on 30/6/1994, killing the crew of 7.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19940630-0

There's a memorial at TLS, with a trim wheel recovered from the wreckage. See photo here :

http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=228729

Probably not the youngest crashed a/c ever, though.

Regards,
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10127 times:

I know there was a Comet that crashed on its delivery flight to a former Canadian airline.

Also, I believe there was a Braniff 707 that crashed just prior to its delivery flight.

More recently, there was the famous 320 crash in 1988 during the low altitude fly-by as well as the 330 that crashed during an engine-out test (1994?).

I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones that come to my mind.



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User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1092 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10114 times:

I believe there was an A330 incident during testing ?
I may be wrong but I believe someone (I think someone on the flight deck) was killed.
Also not that new compared but remember that nice shiny new Air China 744 that was delievered and then 2 months later some idiot pilot decided to take her off the end of Kai Taks runway !!

Hope these qualify ?

Joe


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4298 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10087 times:

There have been lots of crashes of airliners during testing and development.
The BAC 1-11 comes to mind in the '60s - the test crew was sadly lost in the crash. The problem, as I recall, was flutter related to the T-tail design, which was new at that time. The lessons learned were passed on to later T-tail designs, including the 727 and DC-9 programs.

As for newly delivered aircraft, I'm not sure. I'm sure the Eastern L-1011 in 1972 was up there. I don't think those planes had been in service a year when that plane crashed into the Everglades near MIA.



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User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10087 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 2):
I know there was a Comet that crashed on its delivery flight to a former Canadian airline.

Canadian Pacific's Empress of Hawaii, crashed on takeoff at Karachi 3 March 1953. Aircraft was being delivered to Sydney to operate Sydney-Nadi-Honolulu and v.v. (Aircraft didn't have the range to do HNL-SFO).


User currently offlineTitch From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9963 times:

Discounting aircraft that have been destroyed whilst on flight test with the manufacturer, the following must be top contenders:

N219AS (c/n 120019) EMB120
Destroyed after CFIT whilst on delivery flight to Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Mantiqueira, Brazil
19/09/1986


F-GFKC (c/n 009) A320-111
Destroyed 5 days after delivery
Habsheim, France
26/06/1988


OY-APB (c/n 10426) Fokker 27-500
Destroyed 10 days after delivery
Bornholm, Denmark
27/12/1969


N9101 (c/n 45794) DC-9-14
Destroyed 15 days after delivery
Wemme, OR, USA
01/10/1966


YV-C-AVD (c/n 47243) DC-9-32
Destroyed 18 days after delivery
Maracaibo, Venezuela
16/03/1969


Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Titch



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User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9839 times:

I'd have to go look up the details, but one of the prototype CRJ's crashed
during flight testing near Wichita I think. They were testing the aft
CG limits and lost control of the airplane.


User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2012 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9811 times:

AA L-188 N6101A crashed a few days after entering service. The BN L-188 that came apart over Buffalo, TX had only been in service a few weeks. Braniff did lose a 707-227 near Moses Lake, WA on a test flight before delivery. Delta destroyed a Convair 880 on a training flight right after delivery, and Continental lost a DC-7B on its maiden flight when it collided with a USAF F-89 Scorpian over Southern California, the DC-7B crashing into a school yard, and killing children on the ground. That incident is reenacted in the movie, La Bamba, the story of Richie Valens, who was in the school yard when it happened, and who died in a B-35 Bonanza on February 3, 1959 after takeoff from MCW with Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper.

User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9779 times:

This may take the cake, from Aviation-Safety.net

Notice the total airframe hours - 6


Status: Final
Date: 19 JUN 1980
Time: 18:49 MST
Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81
Operator: McDonnell Douglas
Registration: N1002G
C/n / msn: 48001/917
Year built: 1979
Total airframe hrs: 6
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-209
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Written off
Location: Yuma International Airport, AZ (YUM) (United States of America)
Phase: Landing
Nature: Test
Departure airport: Yuma International Airport, AZ (YUM)
Destination airport: Yuma International Airport, AZ (YUM)

Narrative:
N1002G, the second DC-9-80 series prototype took off from Yuma, AZ at 18:20 for a certification test flight to demonstrate that the plane could be landed safely with a complete failure of its hydraulic systems. The crew were to fly a low approach, go around and another approach with a full stop landing. Both approaches to be flown without hydraulic pressure. The second approach was rejected at about 800 feet agl because the warning light for "parking brakes set" was lit. The aircraft was positioned for another approach to runway 21R. The aircraft touched down at around 175 knots just past the arresting cable, 1,831 feet beyond the landing threshold of the runway. Reverse was used before touchdown of the nosegear. The aircraft yawed and ground looped and ran off the right side of the runway. After the aircraft left the pavement, the left main gear collapsed and the right main gear and the nose gear separated from the aircraft. The aircraft came to rest on its lower fuselage about 50 feet beyond the right edge. Two 50-ton cranes then tried to lift the aircraft; one of the cranes broke and fell on top of the fuselage.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate procedures established for certification test flight, and the pilot's mismanagement of thrust following the initial loss of directional control"


User currently offlinePhollingsworth From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9753 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 9):
Two 50-ton cranes then tried to lift the aircraft; one of the cranes broke and fell on top of the fuselage.

I think that this one, regardless of age, takes the cake, as after the accident the crane broket adding insult to injury


User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9741 times:
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I don't know if it's been written off yet or not, but there's also the 747F that failed the pressure test @ the Boeing factory a few weeks back.

It never even made it to first flight ...

(I'd agree that the MD80 w/six flight hours probably takes the cake)

- litz


User currently offlineDc10s4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9741 times:

N310EA, that flew EA401 in 12.29.72 was only 3-4 months old. But it flew on in "spirit" for years...

User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 646 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9671 times:
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How old was that 734 that crashed in England when the pilot turned off the wrong engine b/c of an engine fire? I remember that plane being brand new (and the 734 being new) also --- although I doubt new enough to trump the examples above (although maybe up there for planes in service).

Quoting Milesrich (Reply 8):
who died in a B-35 Bonanza on February 3, 1959 after takeoff from MCW with Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper.

The day the music died (as immortalized by Don McLean in "American Pie" aka "The Book of Love"). As a random aside, I read somewhere that the plane's name was "American Pie"....any truth to that?


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9660 times:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19661001-1&lang=en

Of all airframes lost, this is the youngest plane I could find that was in passenger service at the time.

Interestingly, according to the book I have on the DC-9, the all-time highest flight-cycle DC-9 is the air is #53 - the immediate sister aircraft to the lowest flight-cycle aircraft, this one lost in Oregon.



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9595 times:

Quoting Dartland (Reply 13):
How old was that 734 that crashed in England when the pilot turned off the wrong engine

According to this database the 737 was built in 1988 and crashed on 8 January 1989 with a total of just 521 airframe hours.



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User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 646 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9580 times:
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Quoting BCAL (Reply 15):
According to this database the 737 was built in 1988 and crashed on 8 January 1989 with a total of just 521 airframe hours.

Thank you!

Yep, that plane was delivered on 15 Oct and crashed 8 Jan, for less than 2 months work. Definitely not the record, but certainly way up there.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8966 times:

N9101 had 164 hours on the airframe...beat the 521 hours of the 737-400. Not a record anyone wants to break, really...

N9101 was line number 52...Number 53 was delivered N3310L to Delta...then to Southern, then on to Republic, then Northwest will it served with distinction until all series -10 aircraft were retired. High mileage champ!!



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8922 times:

The China Airlines 747-400 that crashed at Kai Tak in 1993 was less then a year old.


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User currently offlineTmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8856 times:

What about that Tu-144 that crashed during the Paris Air Show on June 3, 1973. I'd assume that that was a pretty young aircraft.

User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8755 times:

Piper lost a Meridian during their initial test flights, sadly took the test pilot along with it.

User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8693 times:

Why was that A330 that crashed in 2004 killing 7 on a test flight kept so quiet?

Are there any pictures anywhere apart from the memorial?


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 8669 times:

PEOPLE, get these right.... its like the Quantas / Qantas issue.

AIR CHINA - CHINA

CHINA AIRLINES - TAIWAN... the crap lot that have crashed more than I can remember!


User currently offlineXwizard From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2004, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8542 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 18):
The China Airlines 747-400 that crashed at Kai Tak in 1993 was less then a year old.

Four to five months old (according to the captions to the various photographs in the database).


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User currently offlineDtw9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1175 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8502 times:

On June 3, 1966, one of the first production Trident aircraft crashed during its first flight as a result of entering a deep-stall condition, with all four crew members killed. The aircraft was carrying out the first of a series of production test flights to qualify for a Series Certificate of Airworthiness. After completing a large part of the required tests, the stall tests were begun. Three approaches to stall were made to check the stall warning and stall recovery systems. The fourth stall test was made at an altitude of 11,600 ft in the landing configuration and with the stall warning and recovery systems inoperative. The Trident entered a deep stall with the nose going up to a 30¡Þ¨C40¡Þ attitude. The aircraft turned to the left, the right wing dropped, and the plane went into a flat spin to the right. The investigation board concluded: ¡°During a stalling test, decisive recovery action was delayed too long to prevent the aircraft from entering a superstall (deep stall) from which recovery was not possible.¡±


Source-NASA


25 Post contains images Zippyjet : Back in the day when cars had fins, phones had dials, gas was like $.17 a gallon, TV's were big fat things with black and white, Braniff and American
26 DfwRevolution : That aircraft will not be written off !! It wasn't "kept quiet" at all. It's been listed with A330 crash statistics since the time of the incident. I
27 Phllax : The US 734 that went off the runway at LGA as flight 5050, N416US (just 8 months old), had accumulated 2236 hours and 1730 cycles.
28 EMBQA : What A330 crash in 2004....?? It happened in 1993... you were what...? 3 years old. No wonder you don't remember it.. What are you talking about...??
29 Joffie : Actually happened in 1994. My finger pressed the wrong button. Happens, even to the best of us. According to airfleets.net 30/06/1994 Airbus A330 Air
30 Viscount630 : One of BNs 707-227s crashed on a test flight before delivery, killing all but one of those on board. WAAAAAAAAY back in the 40's the first Handley Pag
31 Pilotaydin : look i don't know much about you from these forum....but you weren't onboard but I DO WISH that people would stop talking about my colleagues like th
32 BCAL : Assuming that you are referring to the crash that occurred on 30 June 1994, the incident was reported by the main news agencies and, furthermore, the
33 Legoguy : What determines how young an aircraft is? The amount of hours it has flown or the amount of flights it has flown? A 737 can fly more flights than a 74
34 Post contains images Emrecan : Legoguy: As "young" I wanted to mention the date of product and the date of crash is not very long. To see only 4-5 months old China Airlines' 747 cra
35 Archer : Let's not forget the Wright FLyer! It crashed on its third flight. Low time pilot. Minor injuries. Pilot, well known. Not sure if NTSB figured out the
36 Gearup : Good news but what actually happened? GU
37 Litz : Not only did the Flyer crash on its third flight (that's what, less than 10 minutes of airtime?) but almost every one of the replica Flyers built for
38 TR1 : Correct me if I'm wrong but I recall reading somewhere that Air France lost a 707 on Guadelope in 1967 while on its first revenue service after delive
39 Trex8 : he ran off the runway after landing in gale force winds
40 Titch : F-BRCJ (c/n 19724) was written off after a CFIT on March 6th, 1968, just south of Pointe-a-Pitre, around six weeks after delivery to Air France. Was
41 FlyUSCG : Didn't the very first F-14 built crash on it's very first flight? The one in the video where the F-14 is on final approach then just noses over into t
42 Litz : One of the first F22s also had a crash during flight testing, more of a pancake actually (oscillation got out of hand, smack!), but the plane was rep
43 TAN FLYR : Just read a story about one of Swissairs DC-6's (?) crashing on delivery flight back in the 50's. I think it said somewhere in Wisconsin.
44 TR1 : Yes, it is. Thanks!
45 Isitsafenow : The AA Electra,N6101, went into Flushing Bay................the same night. safe
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