DCA99WA066
DCA99WA066

On June 30, 1999, at about 0730 local time, FedEx MD-11 cargo flight 15P, from Narita, Japan to Manila, Philippines, experienced a GPWS "terrain - terrain" alert while descending through 9,500 feet on the approach in heavy rain. The captain performed a GPWS escape maneuver and then landed without incident. Post-landing inspection of the aircraft revealed a structural failure of the left elevator outboard counterbalance area. The outboard end of the elevator and counterweight were found hanging vertically on the outboard hinge bolt. The elevator lower surface was found cracked, and an area of the upper surface was found delaminated.

The accident is being investigated by the Philippine government. All inquiries should be directed to Captain Jacinto F. Ortega, Jr., Director General Civil Aviation, Air Transportation Office, Republic of the Philippines, MIA Road, Pasay City1300.

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