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Accident Report Detail

 Loss of Pitch Control on Takeoff Emery Worldwide Airlines, Flight 17 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F, N8079U Rancho Cordova, California February 16, 2000

Executive Summary

​On February 16, 2000, about 1951 Pacific standard time, Emery Worldwide Airlines, Inc., (Emery) flight 17, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8-71F (DC-8), N8079U, crashed in an automobile salvage yard shortly after takeoff, while attempting to return to Sacramento Mather Airport (MHR), Rancho Cordova, California, for an emergency landing. Emery flight 17 was operating under the provisions of 14 Code  of  Federal Regulations  (CFR) Part 121 as a scheduled cargo flight from MHR to James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY), Dayton, Ohio. The flight departed MHR about 1949, with two pilots and a flight engineer on board. The three flight crewmembers were killed, and the airplane was destroyed. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was a loss of pitch control resulting from the disconnection of the right elevator control tab. The disconnection was caused by the failure to properly secure and inspect the attachment bolt.

Accident Location: Rancho Cordova , CA USA  
Accident Date: 2/16/2000
Accident ID: DCA00MA026

Date Adopted: 8/5/2003
NTSB Number: AAR0302
NTIS Number: PB2003-910402