2017-03-08 Ameristar MD-83 overran runway at Detroit-Willow Run

2017-03-08 Ameristar MD-83 overran runway at Detroit-Willow Run

2017-03-08 Ameristar MD-83 overran runway at Detroit-Willow Run


The aircraft received substantial damage when it overran the runway at Detroit. Michigan Men Basket Ball team was on board. There were no injuries.

UPDATE 2017-03-22

Charterflight 7Z 9363 from Detroit-Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI, to Washington-Dulles Airport, carrying 109 passengers and 7 crewmembers, began its take-off run on runway 23L(eft).  When the MD-83 has reached high speed the take-off was aborted for yet unknown reasons. The pilots were unable to prevent an overran so the aircraft ran off paved ground, broke through the perimeter fence where it collided with ILS antennas and the approach lights of the opposite runway before it came to a stop across a public road.

The entire undercarriage collapsed. The flight came to rest about 350 meters beyond the end of the runway.

Structural damage to the nosegear section was visible. Both thrust reverser were in the open position.

All passengers and crewmembers were able to evacuate via on-board slides (including the tailcone evacuation slide) and overwing exits. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.

The aircraft was supposed to bring the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Team to the Big Ten Tournament in Washington.

At the time of the accident, high winds prevailed at the Willow Run Airport.

Detroit Willow-Run Airport Authority Statement: 

Shortly before 3 p.m. today, a charter flight aborted takeoff at Willow Run Airport and went off the end of Runway 23L. The Airport Authority Public Safety and Operations teams responded. There were no injuries to the seven crew members and 109 passengers, including members of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team. The MD83 was operated by Ameristar Charters. As a result of this incident, Willow Run Airport remains closed at this time.“

NTSB Preliminary Report [Press Release] + [DOWNLOAD pdf] :

Excerpt from the above mentioned Press Release:

The following facts are provided as an investigative update:

  • Parties to the investigation include the Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company and Ameristar Air Cargo, Inc. 
  • Both pilots held airline transport pilot certificates with DC-9-series type ratings (this rating includes the MD-83).
  • The pilot-in-command, who was the Ameristar chief pilot, was in the right seat and was providing differences training to the captain, who was in the left seat and was the pilot flying the aircraft.
  • The Ameristar chief pilot had 9,660 total flight hours, with 2,462 hours in DC 9 series airplanes. The captain (flying pilot) had 15,518 total flight hours, with 8,495 hours in DC-9-series airplanes.
  • Post-accident examination revealed movement of the control column in the cockpit appeared normal; the control columns were free to move, and the elevator control tabs moved as commanded. However, when investigators tried to move the elevator surfaces by hand, the left elevator moved normally, but the right elevator was jammed in a trailing edge-down position (airplane nose down). Upon further inspection, the right elevator geared tab inboard pushrod linkage was found damaged which restricted movement of the right elevator surface but allowed movement of the control tab. After the damaged components were removed, the elevator could be moved by hand.
  • Examination of the flight data recorder data indicates that during the taxi and take-off roll, the left elevator moved normally, but the right elevator did not move. During takeoff roll, the left elevator began a large airplane nose-up movement (consistent with rotation) at an airspeed of about 152 knots and continued for five seconds to about 166 knots. There was no change in the airplane pitch attitude during this time. The airplane data then are consistent with the takeoff being rejected. The maximum recorded airspeed was about 173 knots.
  • Review of previous flight data showed normal movement of both the left and right elevator surfaces.  The airplane flew to Ypsilanti two days before the accident.
  • The flight and cabin crewmembers indicated in post-accident statements that all slides except for the forward right door deployed correctly. The slide was removed from the airplane and will be examined by investigators at a future date.

METAR: Detroit-Willow Run Airport (KYIP):

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METAR KYIP 082053Z A2983 RMK AO2 SLPNO 53013 $=
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Aircraft Involved

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Type: McDD MD-83
Registration: N786TW
Age a/c: 24.9 years
Constr. No.: 53123

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 7 109 0 116
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2017-03-08 Time: 14:50
Location: KYIP YIP Detroit-Willow Run
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: TOF – Take-off, Rejected Take-off
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: 7Z 9363
From: KYIP/YIP: Detroit-Willow Run To: KIAD/IAD: Washington Dulles
Type: Passenger
Operator: Ameristar Jet Charter

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 313th safety occurence of type (MD80)
  • 4th safety occurence at Detroit-YIP Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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