Dec. 30, Salt Lake City, Utah / McDonnell Douglas MD-90


At 08:08 mountain time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 operating as Delta Air Lines flight 1147 struck approach lights while on short final to Salt Lake City International Airport. No one was injured. Preliminary reports indicate the airplane struck approach lights 400 feet short of runway 34R. The airplane then landed on the runway and taxied to the gate. Two threshold lights and one light each from the 100 foot and 200 foot approach light bars were found knocked off. The airplane sustained damage to the left main wheel splash guard, and one of the wheels was cut. A 1-inch-square piece of metal was found lodged in the left engine noise suppression material and there was damage to the left engine first stage fan section.


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