AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES, INC. MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-31, N954N AND DELTA AIR LINES, INC. CONVAIR CV-880, N8807E O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 20 DECEMBER 1972

A North Central Airlines DC-9-31 and a Delta Air Lines Convair (CV-880) collided at the intersection of Runway 27L and the North-South taxiway on the O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, at 1800 central standard time on December 20, 1972. The DC-9 was taking off from Runway 27L, and the CV-880 was taxiing across the runway when the collision occurred. Neither flightcrew saw the other aircraft in time to avoid the collision. Forty-one passengers and four crewmembers were aboard the DC-9. Ten passengers died, and 13 passengers and 2 crewmembers were injured. The DC-9 was destroyed by impact and fire. Eighty-six passenger and seven crewmembers were aboard the CV-880. Two passengers received minor injuries. The CV-880 was substantially damaged. The weather at the O'Hare Airport at the time of the accident was reported, in part, as: ceiling indefinite 200 feet, sky obscured, with visibility 1/4 mile in fog. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the traffic control system to insure separation of aircraft during a period of restricted visibility.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available as Rept. No. SA-436.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

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  • Publication Date: 1973-7-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 44 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-AAR-73-15
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM