Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2000 Issue

June 12, Las Vegas, Nev. / Airbus A320

At 13:10 Pacific time, an Airbus A320-232 operated by America West was substantially damaged when the outboard engine cowl door separated and struck the horizontal stabilizer during takeoff at McCarran International Airport. No one was injured. The pilot said there had been an abnormal vibration as the aircraft accelerated through takeoff rotation speed. Several passengers alerted the flight attendants who, in turn, reported the cowling separation to the cockpit crew. The flight returned for landing at the departure airport. The cowl door latches on the inboard door were found latched, however, the hooks were intact and undamaged. Similarly, the latch receptacles on the outboard door were vi...

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