Over and Down: The crash of FedEx flight 80

The wreckage of FedEx flight 80 at Narita Airport after the crash. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Schematic of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. (Julien Scavini)
The interior of a China Eastern Airlines MD-11 in 1993, after a mid-air incident in which the pilots accidentally deployed the slats during cruise. The plane entered an aerobatic maneuver which killed two passengers, before making a safe landing in the Aleutian Islands. (NTSB)
N526FE, the MD-11 involved in the FedEx flight 80 accident, pictured days before the crash. The same pilots involved in the accident flight were also on board when this photo was taken. (Kentaro Iemoto)
Route of FedEx flight 80. (Google)
Wind speed vs. direction around the time of the accident. (JTSB)
Security camera images of flight 80 descending from 50 feet. (JTSB)
Animation of the first and second touchdowns (played back at 25% speed to assist with visualizing what happened). (Mayday)
Security video of FedEx flight 80 crashing. (AirBoyd)
The full wreckage trail of FedEx flight 80. (The Japan Times)
Animation of the crash of FedEx flight 14 in Newark in 1997. (Mayday)
Much of the plane burned over after impact and was doused with foam to quench the flames. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
All frames from the still-photo security camera (from the JTSB report) compiled into a single video by Chillout Jr. on YouTube.
Firefighters tackle remaining hotspots in the wreckage after the crash. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Overhead view of the wreckage. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The right main landing gear was left sticking up like a flag pole. (STR/AFP)
Rescuers attempt to extract the pilots from the cockpit after the crash. (AP)
The World On Time — except when it isn’t. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Another aerial overview of the crash site. (NBC News)
After the crash, the pieces of the plane were cleared away into a field beside the runway for further investigation. (International Aviation Safety Association)



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Admiral Cloudberg

Admiral Cloudberg

Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.