Delta Air Lines Flight 191

Delta Air Lines Flight 191Friday August 2, 1985
While on a flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Dallas/ Forth Worth, the aircraft crashed while making an landing attempt in thunderstorm activity. The plane touched down 6,000 feet short of the runway and 360 feet to the left of the runway centerline, became airborne again, struck a car killing the driver, crossed the highway and crashed into two water tank reservoirs. Microburst induced windshear. The flightcrew's decision to initiate and continue the approach into a cumulonimbus cloud which they observed to contain lightning. Lack of training for avoiding and escaping from low-altitude windshear.

Crash Details

DateFriday August 2, 1985
LocationFt. Worth-Dallas, Texas
Aircraft TypeLockheed L-1011-1 TriStar
OperatorDelta Air Lines
Flight OriginFort Lauderdale
Flight Destination Dallas


Ft. Worth-Dallas, Texas
Delta Air Lines
Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar