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Date Posted: 10:44:45 08/02/17 Wed
Author: Willie (32 years ago ....it feels like yesterday)
Subject: Remembering Delta Flight 191

Introduction
The Delta Air Lines Flight 191 airplane crash at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) occurred around 6:05 P.M. CDT on August 2, 1985. The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Accident Board determined that the cause of the incident was wind-shear associated with an intense thunderstorm downdraft that occurred at the north end of the airport along runway 17 Left (17L). Today we know this intense, localized downburst as a microburst, a weather phenomenon that was not well understood at the time of the accident. For information on an intense, but slightly larger downburst, see macroburst. The table below lists several aircraft incidents in which weather played a major role or was the direct cause for the loss of life and/or the loss of the airplane. The Delta Air Lines Flight 191 accident marked the 3rd event between 1975 and 1985 in which more than 100 fatalities occurred in an aircraft incident due to a microburst in the United States. The events on August 2, 1985, as well as other dates (see table below) likely helped to drive the need to reform aviation weather safety. These needs included the improved the detection of hazardous weather to aircraft using remote sensing instruments, equipping pilots and aircraft with tools to identify weather hazards to aircraft and continued collaboration between the National Weather Service (NWS) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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