Continental Airlines Flight 1713
crashed while taking off in a snowstorm from Stapleton International Airport
in Denver, Colorado
on . The Douglas Aircraft DC-9-14
was operated by Continental Airlines
and was a scheduled flight to Boise, Idaho
. Twenty-five passengers and three crew members died in the crash.
Continental Airlines Flight 1713 was scheduled to leave Denver at 12:25 PM MST
, but many flights out of Denver that day were delayed by inclement weather. The flight was cleared for takeoff at 2:14 PM Mountain Time.
As the plane was taking off, it over rotated; the aircraft descended and the left wing
struck the ground, causing the wing to separate. The left side of the plane and cockpit
struck the ground next and the plane continued rolling, inverted. Of the 82 occupants on board (77 passengers and 5 crew), 28 were killed while 54 survived. The majority of the passengers who died were in the middle of the aircraft. As the plane skidded, the left side was tilted over and the tail
was inverted; this action caused the middle part of the plane to squeeze and crush many of the passengers on board.
Of the passengers who died, 16 (including one infant) died of blunt trauma
and 12 died of mechanical asphyxia
Of the passengers who survived, 24 received minor injuries and 27 received serious injuries. One lap infant received no injuries. <ref... Read More