- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: June 01, 1999
Time: 23:50
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Operator: American Airlines
Flight #: 1420
Route: Dallas-Fort Worth - Little Rock
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-82
Registration: N215AA
cn / ln: 49163/1111
Aboard: 145   (passengers:139  crew:6)
Fatalities: 11   (passengers:10  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane was on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas. While attempting to land at Little Rock Airport, the flight encountered heavy thunderstorms, rain and strong winds. The aircraft landed fast and hard, skidded off the end of the runway and struck a landing light tower, breaking into three parts and bursting into flames. Crew's decision to continue the approach despite severe thunderstorms in the area and crosswinds that exceeded American Airlines' guidelines. The crew did not arm the automatic spoiler system before landing or manually deploy the spoilers after touchdown. Fatigue, the crew had been awake for nearly 16 hours.
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