Date & Time: Aug 31, 1988 at 0901 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 727-200
Operator:
Registration:
N473DA
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jackson - Dallas - Salt Lake City
MSN:
20750
YOM:
1973
Flight number:
DL1141
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
101
Pax fatalities:
12
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
14
Captain / Total flying hours:
17000
Captain / Total hours on type:
7000
Aircraft flight hours:
43023
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after takeoff and came to rest in flames in a field. Two crew members and 12 passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
The board determines that the accident was caused mainly by the captain and first officer's inadequate cockpit discipline which resulted in the flight crew's attempt to takeoff without the wing flaps and slats properly configured; and the failure of the takeoff configuration warning system to alert the crew that the airplane was not properly configured for the takeoff.
Contributing to the accident was Delta's slow implementation of necessary modifications to its operating procedures, manuals, checklists, training and crew checking programs which were necessitated by significant changes in the airline following rapid growth and merger.
Also contributing to the accident was the lack of sufficiently aggressive action by the FAA to have known deficiencies corrected by Delta and the lack of sufficient accountability within the FAA's air carrier inspection process.