29 Survive Delta Air Lines Flight 191 Crash
Delta Air Lines Flight 191 was an airline service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, bound for Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, by way of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On the afternoon of 2 August 1985, Delta Air Lines flight 191 crashed while on a routine approach to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, killing 8 of 11 crew members and 126 of the 152 passengers on board and one person on the ground: a total of 135 deaths. This accident is one of the few commercial air crashes in which the meteorological phenomenon known as microburst-induced wind shear was a direct contributing factor.
Delta Air Lines Flight 191 was destined for Los Angeles from Fort Lauderdale with a stopover at Dallas-Fort Worth. The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar departed from Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 4:03 PM eastern daylight time. There were 152 passengers and 11 crew members on board the airplane.
The weather was clear in Florida but thunderstorms were detected as the plane flew over Louisiana and started its descent. The pilot changed the flight path in order to avoid the approaching turbulent weather.