Date: December 20, 1972
Time: 18:00
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Operator: Delta Air Lines/ North Central Airlines
Flight #: 954/575
Route: Tampa - Chicago / Chicago - Madison
AC Type: Convair CV-880 / McDonnell DC-9-31
Registration: N8897E/N954N
cn / ln: 22-00-29 / 47159/231
Aboard: 133   (passengers:122  crew:11)
Fatalities: 10   (passengers:10  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The Delta Convair, taxing across Runway 27L, after landing in heavy fog, was hit by the North Central DC-9 as it took off, shearing off its tail. The DC-9 came crashing back down on the runway and caught fire. Ten people out of 45 aboard the DC-9 were killed. None of the 88 aboard the Convair were killed. The ATC gave ambiguous instructions to the Delta crew, did not use all available information to determine the location of the CV-880 and the CV-880 crew did not request clarification of the controller's instructions.

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