made in USA
Launched: 1965      Production Ended: 1982     
Total Built: 976
Hull Loss Occurrences: 94      Lost/Built Ratio: 1 in 10

In Service Estimates: 538 commercial / 12 corporate / 43 military


Length: 119 ft  4 in
Tail Height: 27 ft  6 in
Wingspan: 93 ft  5 in
Weight: 57,190 lbs

Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Cruise Speed: 496 mph      Ceiling: 35,000 ft     
Range: 1,670 nm

Accomodation: 2 flight crew / 115 passengers
Typical Seating: coach: 2-3 across
The Aircraft Series:
1970's

Year: February 15, 1970
Airline: Dominicana
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Details: Engine failure after takeoff - hit sea.
Manifest: 5 crew / 97 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 102

Year: May 2, 1970
Airline: Antillean Airlines - ALM
Location: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Details: Ran out of fuel after 2 landing attempts.
Manifest: 6 crew / 57 passengers
Survivors: 5 crew / 35 passengers
Fatalities: 23

Year: November 14, 1970
Airline: Southern Airways
Location: Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Details: Hit trees short of runway - pilot error.
Manifest: 4 crew / 71 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 75 (Marshall University football team)

Year: June 6, 1971
Airline: Hughes Airwest
Location: Duarte, California, USA
Details: Mid-air collision with F4 on climb.
Manifest: 5 crew / 44 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 49 DC9 / 1 F4

Year: January 21, 1972
Airline: Turk Hava Yollari - THY
Location: Adana, Turkey
Details: Cabin depressurized in flight.
Manifest: 5 crew
Survivors: 4
Fatalities: 1

Year: January 26, 1972
Airline: Jugoslovenski Aerotransport - JAT
Location: Krussne Hory, Czech Republic
Details: Sabotage - bomb explosion in flight.
Manifest: 5 crew / 23 passengers
Survivors: 1 crew
Fatalities: 27

Year: March 19, 1972
Airline: EgyptAir
Location: Aden, Yemen
Details: Low on approach - struck mountains.
Manifest: 9 crew / 21 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 30

Year: May 30, 1972
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Details: Jetwash from DC10 on landing - training.
Manifest: 4 crew
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 4

Year: December 20, 1972
Airline: North Central Airlines
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Details: Collision with Convair 880 on takeoff.
Manifest: 4 crew / 41 passengers
Survivors: 4 crew / 31 passengers
Fatalities: 10 DC9 / 0 CV880

Year: March 5, 1973
Airline: Iberia
Location: La Trauche, France
Details: Mid-air collision with Convair 990.
Manifest: 7 crew / 61 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 68 DC9 / 0 CV990

Year: June 20, 1973
Airline: Aeromexico
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Details: Crashed on initial approach.
Manifest: 5 crew / 22 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 27

Year: July 31, 1973
Airline: Delta Air Lines
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Details: Too low on final approach - ATC error.
Manifest: 6 crew / 83 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 89

Year: September 11, 1974
Airline: Eastern Air Lines
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Details: Too low/fast, final approach - pilot error.
Manifest: 4 crew / 78 passengers
Survivors: 2 crew / 10 passengers
Fatalities: 70

Year: December 22, 1974
Airline: AVENSA
Location: Maturin, Venezuela
Details: Control lost during initial climb.
Manifest: 6 crew / 69 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 77

Year: October 30, 1975
Airline: Inex Adria Aviopromet
Location: Praha, Czech Republic
Details: Struck high ground on approach - fog.
Manifest: 5 crew / 115 passengers
Survivors: 1 crew / 44 passengers
Fatalities: 75

Year: September 10, 1976
Airline: Inex Adria Aviopromet
Location: Vrbovec, Croatia
Details: Mid-air collision with Trident 3B.
Manifest: 5 crew / 108 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 113 DC9 / 63 HS121

Year: April 4, 1977
Airline: Southern Airways
Location: New Hope, Georgia, USA
Details: Engines failure, storm - highway landing.
Manifest: 4 crew / 81 passengers
Survivors: 2 crew / 20 passengers
Fatalities: 63 aircraft / 9 ground

Year: June 26, 1978
Airline: Air Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Details: Engine/tire failure - takeoff aborted late.
Manifest: 5 crew / 102 passengers
Survivors: 5 crew / 100 passengers
Fatalities: 2


Year: December 23, 1978
Airline: Alitalia
Location: Palermo, Italy
Details: Too low on final approach - hit water.
Manifest: 5 crew / 124 passengers
Survivors: 21 passengers
Fatalities: 108

Year: September 14, 1979
Airline: Aero Trasporti Italiani - ATI
Location: Sarroch, Italy
Details: Hit mountain on initial approach.
Manifest: 4 crew / 27 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 31
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1960's

Year: October 1, 1966
Airline: West Coast Airlines
Location: Wemme, Oregon, USA
Details: Too low on descent - hit mountain woods.
Manifest: 5 crew / 13 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 18

Year: March 9, 1967
Airline: Trans World Airlines - TWA
Location: Urbana, Ohio, USA
Details: Mid-air with Beechcraft 55 on descent.
Manifest: 4 crew / 21 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 25 DC9 / 2 Beechcraft

Year: March 16, 1969
Airline: VIASA
Location: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Details: Struck powerlines on takeoff.
Manifest: 10 crew / 74 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 84 aircraft / 71 ground

Year: September 9, 1969
Airline: Allegheny Airlines
Location: Shelbyville, Indiana, USA
Details: Mid-air with Piper PA-28 on descent.
Manifest: 4 crew / 78 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 82 DC9 / 1 Piper
1980's

Year: June 27, 1980
Airline: Itavia
Location: Ustica, Italy
Details: Shot down by Libyan fighters.
Manifest: 4 crew / 77 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 81

Year: July 27, 1981
Airline: Aeromexico
Location: Chihuahua, Mexico
Details: Off-line on landing - bad weather.
Manifest: 6 crew / 60 passengers
Survivors: 4 crew / 32 passengers
Fatalities: 30

Year: November 8, 1981
Airline: Aeromexico
Location: Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Details: Decompression - hit mountain on descent.
Manifest: 6 crew / 12 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 18

Year: March 11, 1983
Airline: AVENSA
Location: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Details: Hard landing - gear collapsed, off runway.
Manifest: 5 crew / 45 passengers
Survivors: 4 crew / 23 passengers
Fatalities: 23

Year: June 2, 1983
Airline: Air Canada
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Details: Smoke/fire in cabin - landed - destroyed.
Manifest: 5 crew / 41 passengers
Survivors: 5 crew / 18 passengers
Fatalities: 23


Year: December 7, 1983
Airline: Aviaco
Location: Madrid, Spain
Details: Taxiied onto active runway - hit by 727.
Manifest: 5 crew / 37 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 42 DC9 / 51 B727

Year: September 6, 1985
Airline: Midwest Express
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Details: Engine failure during initial climb.
Manifest: 4 crew / 27 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 31

Year: August 31, 1986
Airline: Aeromexico
Location: Cerritos, California, USA
Details: Mid-air collision with Piper Cherokee.
Manifest: 6 crew / 58 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 64 DC9 / 3 PA28-181 / 15 ground

Year: April 4, 1987
Airline: Garuda Indonesia Airways
Location: Medan, Indonesia
Details: Bad weather/windshear - hit TV tower.
Manifest: 8 crew / 37 passengers
Survivors: 4 crew / 18 passengers
Fatalities: 23

Year: November 15, 1987
Airline: Continental Airlines
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Details: Plane wings iced - no lift at takeoff.
Manifest: 5 crew / 77 passengers
Survivors: 2 crew / 52 passengers
Fatalities: 28

Year: February 9, 1989
Airline: Evergreen International Airlines
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Details: Cabin not pressurized - bulkhead removed.
Manifest: 2 crew
Survivors: 1
Fatalities: 1 (pilot)

Year: March 18, 1989
Airline: Evergreen International Airlines
Location: Saginaw, Texas, USA
Details: Cargo door opened on initial climb.
Manifest: 2 crew
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 2
1990's

Year: October 3, 1990
Airline: Eastern Air Lines
Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Details: Severe turbulence - pilot flew into storm.
Manifest: 97 (crew / passenger ratio N/A)
Survivors: 96 (crew / passenger ratio unknown)
Fatalities: 1 passenger

Year: November 14, 1990
Airline: Alitalia
Location: Stadlerberg, Switzerland
Details: Low glidepath - final approach - hit trees.
Manifest: 6 crew / 40 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 46

Year: December 3, 1990
Airline: Northwest Airlines
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Details: Turned onto active runway - hit by 727.
Manifest: 4 crew / 40 passengers
Survivors: 3 crew / 33 passengers
Fatalities: 8 DC9 / 0 727

Year: February 17, 1991
Airline: Ryan International Airlines
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Details: Wings iced - loss of control on takeoff.
Manifest: 2 crew
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 2

Year: March 5, 1991
Airline: Linea Aeropostal Venezolana
Location: La Valesa, Venezuela
Details: Struck mountain on descent - fog.
Manifest: 5 crew / 38 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 43

Year: April 2, 1993
Airline: Linea Aeropostal Venezolana
Location: Isla de la Margarita, Venezuela
Details: Crashed on test flight.
Manifest: 3 crew / 8 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 11

Year: July 2, 1994
Airline: USAir
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Details: Windshear - missed approach, go around.
Manifest: 5 crew / 52 passengers
Survivors: 5 crew / 15 passengers
Fatalities: 37

Year: January 11, 1995
Airline: Intercontinental de Aviacion
Location: Maria La Baja, Colombia
Details: Electrical/instrument failure on descent.
Manifest: 5 crew / 48 passengers
Survivors: 1 passenger
Fatalities: 52

Year: May 11, 1996
Airline: ValuJet Airlines
Location: Everglades, Florida, USA
Details: Fire in cargo hold after takeoff - control lost
Manifest: 5 crew / 105 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 110

Year: October 10, 1997
Airline: Austral Lineas Aereas
Location: Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay
Details: Equipment failure - bad weather.
Manifest: 5 crew / 69 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 74

Year: February 2, 1998
Airline: Cebu Pacific Air
Location: Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Details: Struck mountain on descent.
Manifest: 5 crew / 99 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 104

Year: November 9, 1999
Airline: TAESA
Location: Uruapan, Mexico
Details: Too steep a climb on takeoff - stalled.
Manifest: 5 crew / 13 passengers
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 18
2000's

Year: December 18, 2003
Airline: Lineas Aereas Suramericanas
Location: Mitu, Colombia
Details: Crashed after starting descent.
Manifest: 3 crew
Survivors: 0
Fatalities: 3

Year: December 10, 2005
Airline: Sosoliso Airlines
Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Details: Broke in two during landing.
Manifest: 7 crew / 102 passengers
Survivors: 1 passenger
Fatalities: 108

Year: April 15, 2008
Airline: Hewa Bora Airways
Location: Goma, Congo
Details: Lost power on takeoff - residential impact.
Manifest: 8 crew / 86 passengers
Survivors: 8 crew / 83 passengers
Fatalities: 3 passengers / 37 ground

Year: July 6, 2008
Airline: USA Jet Airlines
Location: Saltillo, Mexico
Details: Crashed into industrial area on approach.
Manifest: 2 crew
Survivors: 1 crew
Fatalities: 1