Can reputation bring down aircraft? Exploring DC-10’s story

Not many aircraft throughout the history of commercial aviation had the unfortunate fate of an administrator withdrawing its type certificate. While some recovered, others were not the same after their type certificated was put on hold. But what was the story behind the DC-10?...


US Air Force retires KC-10 Extender, making way for Boeing KC-46

A first McDonnell-Douglas KC-10A Extender was flown to the Davis Monthan storage facility in Arizona. The U.S. Air Force plans to withdraw its entire KC-10 fleet within the next five years....


FedEx flight FX5033 overshoots runway in cyclonic storm [Video]

As it was attempting to land in cyclonic conditions, a FedEx flight overshot the runway of Mumbai airport. No damage was reported....


Last bark: Delta retires MD-88s and MD-90s “Mad Dogs”

June 2, 2020, will mark the date that the last Mad Dogs barked in Delta Air Lines' fleet, as the airline is set to retire both the MD-88 and the MD-90. The DC-9 derivatives served in the airline's fleet for more than 25 years. But Delta's story with McDonnell Douglas' aircraft is not over yet....


Delta to accelerate MD-88, MD-90 and Boeing 767 retirements

Facing a significant travel demand drop and other COVID-19 pandemic-caused challenges, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline would accelerate retirements of its remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 fleets, as well as some older Boeing 767s. ...


New Zealand government apologizes for Antarctica deadliest crash

Forty years ago, Air New Zealand chartered flight 901 to Antarctica that was supposed to show its passengers the beauties of the southernmost continent.  Unfortunately, the DC-10 crashed into the side of Mount Erebus and kill the 257 people on board, making the flight the deadliest incident in the history of New Zealand. On November 28, 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized for the government’s handling of the situ...


Why is the “Mad Dog” MD-80 still barking?

American Airlines have retired their MD-80, but Delta Air Lines still operates them. Why did the Mad Dog bark on for over 30 years, flying through the skies since the 1980s?...


Sacrificial lamb: Boeing 717 first flight in 1998

The Boeing 717 could be dubbed as one of the most important aircraft in the history of aviation. Yet it has stayed in the shadows with barely any commercial success. So, why was the 717 so important?...


Delta plane’s engine seen falling apart mid-flight [Video]

A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on June 8, 2019, due to engine failure mid-flight. The incident may not have made the news if not for the terrifying video footage taken by passengers on board the aircraft, showing one of the MD-88’s engines falling apart while the plane was in the air....


American Airlines to bid farewell to its MD-80 fleet

U.S. top carrier, American Airlines, is bidding farewell to its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. The company announced on June 24, 2019, it will retire the aircraft by September 4, 2019, and has published a schedule of the final MD-80 revenue flights....