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American Airlines Flight 96
An American Airlines DC-10-10, sister aircraft to the one involved in the accident.
Accident summary
Date 12 June 1972
Summary Cargo door failure due to design flaw leading to rapid decompression
Place Airspace above Windsor, Ontario
Passengers 56
Crew 11
Injuries (non-fatal) 11 (2 crew, 9 passengers)
Fatalities 0
Survivors 67 (All)
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10
Airline/user American Airlines
Registration N103AA
Flew from Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California
Stopover Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Detroit, Michigan
Last stopover Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Buffalo, New York
Flying to LaGuardia Airport
Queens, New York City, New York

American Airlines Flight 96 was a flight operated by American Airlines. The flight was operated with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10. On 12 June 1972, the flight went into explosive decompression after a cargo door was blown out from the airplane. This incident occurred near the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Because the incident occurred near the city, this incident is sometimes referred to as the Windsor Incident.

The incident was caused because of the cargo door. The cargo door was blown out of the plane because the locks of the cargo door failed. When the locks failed, the cargo door blew out and caused rapid decompression in the cargo area of the airplane. This caused the collapse of part of the passenger section of the airplane, which in turn led to some problems with the plane. The rudder of the airplane was jammed to the right, and cable controls to the second engine were separated. Luckily, no hydraulics were broken. Despite having little control of the airplane, Captain Bryce McCormick was successful in landing the airplane at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. After the incident, McDonnell Douglas, the maker of the aircraft, made minor changes to the locks of the cargo door. These changes would prove to be not successful with the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981. The crash was caused by exactly the same reason as this incident.

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