Date: June 12th, 1972
Operator: American Airlines
Where: Windsor, Ontario
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report.
On June 12, 1972, the cargo door blew off an American Airlines DC-10
over Windsor, Ontario, taking one person with it, this became known as
the "Windsor" incident.
Bryce McCormick, the Captain, landed the damaged aircraft at Detroit
when the cargo door blew damaging the floor along with vital control
wires to the tail of his DC-10.
Captain McCormick had taken the extraordinary precaution of learning
to fly the DC-10 under the circumstances of a total hydraulic system
failure. By the end of his course he could land the plane, on the
simulator, using only the throttles applied to the different engines,
at technique called differential thrust steering.
With a frozen rudder, one partially operating elevator on the right
he had to use all his skills acquired on the simulator to land the
Link to similar incident on 3rd March 1974