Date: November 03, 1973
Time: 1640
Location: Near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Operator: National Airlines
Flight #: 27
Route: Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Registration: N60NA
cn / ln: 46700/14
Aboard: 128   (passengers:116  crew:12)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Overspeeding of the starboard engine caused the engine to disintegrate. Pieces struck the fuselage, breaking a window, causing rapid explosive decompression and a passenger Mr. Gardner, sitting in seat 17H was sucked out of the plane. The plane landed safely. His body was found two years later. The captain and flight engineer were experimenting with the autothrottle system by tripping the circuit breakers which supplied the instruments which measured the rotational speed of each engine's low pressure compressor. This led to engine overspeeding and destruction of the engine.

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