Perhaps this NW DC-10 @ LGW had some engine trouble and had to abort takeoff. Or, this DC-10 suffered some damage to itself while on its takeoff roll or landing final.
Nevertheless, I agree with Stretch 8. NW should abandon all DC-10 service, period. Trust me on this, Bobnwa, I have been on 10, count 'em, 10 transatlantic flights on NW DC-10's in the past 5 years. The description that Stretch 8 gave "hit the nail on the head!"
Fortunately, for guys like Stretch 8, myself and my family, NW is dumping their DC-10-30's in favor of the A330-300. And the A330-300 will be coming out next year
. Now I've never been on an A330, but since so many airlines are buying it, it MUST be a whole lot better than the wretched DC-10.