Event Details

Title:Serious Incident to MD-11 N803DE at Dublin Airport, 3 February 2002
Micro summary:Unusual wind conditions result in a loss of directional control for this McDonnell Douglas MD-11, which left the runway.
Event Time:2002-02-03 at 0805 UTC
File Name:2002-02-03-IE.pdf
Publishing Agency:Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Publishing Country:Ireland
Report number:2000/006
Site of event:Runway 28 Dublin
Departure:William B. Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Destination:Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Delta Air Lines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:During its landing rollout on RWY 28 at EIDW, the MD 11, registered N803DE1 (Delta 129) started to initially drift towards the right and then slowly to the left-hand side of the runway. Efforts by the Captain, the pilot-flying (PF), to counteract this drift through the application of full right rudder and right tiller failed, and the aircraft departed the paved surface into the prepared graded ground, which was rain soaked. The Captain chose not to evacuate the passengers and crew through the emergency escape slides, preferring instead to wait for outside assistance and disembarkation by mobile stairs. After approximately two hours, passengers and crew commenced disembarkation through the forward right-side (R2) cabin door and down the mobile stairs where they were immediately bussed to the terminal building. There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the runway excursion was that the aircraft was subjected to an unexpected and sudden wind gust during the initial stages of the landing rollout, inducing a rate of yaw to the left, which could not be controlled by the pilot flying.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Slippery Runway, Taxiway, Apron
Operations - Upset - Uncommanded or excessive Yaw
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