30 years ago today: Delta Flight 191 downed by microburst at Dallas-Fort Worth airport; 137 killed

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‘Dallas Morning News’ special bulletin following the plane crash (Dallas Morning News)

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DALLAS– The Delta Air Lines Flight 191 airplane crash at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) occurred around 6:05 p.m. CDT on August 2, 1985.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Accident Board determined that the cause of the incident was wind shear associated with an intense thunderstorm downdraft that occurred at the north end of the airport. Today, we know this intense, localized downburst as a microburst– a weather phenomenon that was not well understood at the time of the accident.

The Delta Air Lines Flight 191 accident marked the third event between 1975 and 1985 in which more than 100 fatalities occurred in an aircraft incident due to a microburst in the U.S.

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