Date: April 16, 1985
Time: 11:37
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Operator: American Airlines
Flight #: ?
Route: Dallas, TX - San Diego, CA
AC Type: Boeing B-727-227
Registration: N718AA
cn / ln: 20611/894
Aboard: 89   (passengers:81  crew:8)
Fatalities: 0   (passengers:0  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: While cruising at FL 350 a loud noise was heard followed by a severe jolt. The No. 3 engine separated from the aircraft. A damaged O ring allowed leakage from the forward lavatory waste drain valve. Four gallons of fluid leaked and froze on the exterior of the plane and then broke away in chunks and smashed into the engine. They plane landed safely.

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