NTSB Identification: ATL88IA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35744.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of EASTERN AIRLINES, INC.
Incident occurred Sunday, November 15, 1987 in CLEVELAND, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-9-31, registration: N8988E
Injuries: 64 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

WHILE DESCENDING INTO CLEVELAND FROM 25,000 FEET THE PILOT, EXPERIENCED A VIOLENT LURCH IN THE AIRFRAME. THE FLIGHT CONTINUED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. AN AIRCRAFT EXAMINATION DISCLOSED THAT THE RIGHT UPPER THRUST REVERSER DRIVE LINK WAS BROKEN. FURTHER EXAMINATION OF THE DRIVE LINK DISCLOSED A FATIGUE FRACTURE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

THRUST REVERSER,ACTUATOR..FATIGUE

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:

THRUST REVERSER,ACTUATOR..FAILURE,TOTAL

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