|Quoting mtnwest1979 (Thread starter):|
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Continental flight 1713's accident at Stapleton Airport in Denver.
My family was traveling to Kansas the day after this happened to attend my great-grandmother's funeral. I was traveling on AA
and my mother, aunt and uncle through DEN
. I was especially nervous after hearing the news the night this happened, more so for my family traveling on CO
in the snowstorm. They all made it safely to ICT
, but my mom said that they could see the accident site, noting that the tail section was inverted when they departed DEN
According to the FAA report, NTSB Number AAR
-88/09 and NTIS Number PB88-910411:
"The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain's failure to have the airplane deiced a second time after a delay before takeoff that led to upper wing surface contamination and a loss of control during rapid takeoff rotation by the first officer. Contributing to the accident were the absence of regulatory or management controls governing operations by newly qualified flight crew members and the confusion that existed between the flightcrew members and air traffic controllers that led to the delay in departure."
I can't believe that was 25 years ago and I'm glad that with the UA
/CO merger that United has decided to keep the flight number 1713 retired.