Date: January 11, 1983
Time: 0250
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 2885
Route: Detroit - Los Angeles
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-54F37
Registration: N8053U
cn / ln: 46010/406
Aboard: 3   (passengers:0  crew:3)
Fatalities: 3   (passengers:0  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: After taking off the cargo plane rolled to the right with wings vertical to the ground until it crashed into a field. The flight crew's failure to follow procedural checklist requirements and to detect and correct a mistrimmed stabilizer before the aircraft became uncontrollable. Contributing to the accident was the captain allowing the second officer, who was not qualified to act as a pilot, to occupy the seat of the first officer and to conduct the take-off.

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