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Last updated: 19 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 15 février 1979
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B741 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-132SF
Compagnie:Flying Tiger Line
Immatriculation: N804FT
Numéro de série: 20246/155
Année de Fabrication: 1971-08-24 (7 years 6 months)
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7AH
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol:FT74
A near collision occurred on the ground at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, Illinois, USA, involving Delta Air Lines Flight 349, a scheduled passenger flight, and Flying Tiger Flight 74, a scheduled cargo flight. When cleared by various taxiways to runway 4R for departure, Delta Flight 349 was instructed initially by the air traffic outbound ground controller to stop before crossing runway 9R, an active landing runway. Clearance to cross this runway was issued subsequently by the ground controller as Flight 349 approached runway 9R. About this time, Flying Tiger Flight 74 was completing an instrument landing system approach to runway 9R and had been cleared to land by the air traffic local controller. Shortly after touchdown, the captain of Flying Tiger Flight 74 saw the Delta aircraft entering the runway directly in front of him, and to avoid collision, he veered his aircraft off the runway. The cargo plane, a Boeing 747, was damaged substantially. The Boeing 727 was not damaged, and there were no injuries to the occupants of either aircraft.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The O'Hare outbound ground controller's issuance of a taxi clearance across runway 9R, which permitted Delta Flight 349 to move into a collision path with Flying Tiger Flight 74 and, further, the failure of the pilots of Delta Flight 349 to maintain a continuous vigil for landing traffic before entering an active runway. The improper clearance was the result of the ground controller's failure to see the displayed radar target of the landing aircraft.
Contributing to the accident were the approach controller's failure to effect required spacing criteria between Flying Tiger Flight 74 and the preceding arrival aircraft and the local controller's failure to issue a missed approach clearance when he noted the less-than-required separation."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 168 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB-AAR-79-11
Download report: Final report


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA et Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL est de 2742 km (1714 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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