NTSB Identification: CEN09LA093
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of NORTHWEST AIRLINES INC
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 03, 2008 in Madison, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2009
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-50, registration: N782NC
Injuries: 57 Uninjured.

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

The airplane landed on a snow covered runway and was unable to maneuver while taxiing. The pilot requested that a tug be dispatched to tow the airplane to the gate. After the tug was connected, the airplane and tug slid on the snow and the tug jackknifed and impacted the left side of the airplane causing substantial damage. The tug was subsequently re-connected and the airplane was towed to the gate.

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

The collision between the tug and the airplane during towing as a result of sliding on the snow covered runway.

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