ZK-NZL. Douglas DC-10-30. c/n 47846-69.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Air New Zealand - ?

Constructed by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation at Longbeach, California

First flown at Longbeach - October 26, 1972

Powered by General Electric CF6-50C2 engines

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NZL - January 10, 1973

Registered to Air New Zealand Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

Accepted by Air New Zealand at the Douglas plant, Longbeach - January 11, 1973

Departed Longbeach on the delivery flight to New Zealand (Capt P. F. Le Couteur) - January 26, 1973

Arrived Auckland on completion of the delivery flight - January 27, 1973

Operated first Auckland - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) service - February 03, 1973

Operated first Auckland - Nadi - Auckland service - February 07, 1973

Operated first Auckland - Honolulu - Los Angeles service - April 02, 1973

Withdrawn from service and stored at Auckland Airport - October 21, 1981

Sold to American Airlines - October 21, 1981

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - October 21, 1981

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N136AA - October 21, 1981

Registered to American Airlines, Dallas, Texas

Arrived Dallas on completion of the ferry flight to the United States - November 17, 1981

Sold to Polaris Leasing - January 1984

Leased to American Airlines as the registered operator

Aircraft was damaged beyond repair whilst taking-off from Dallas (Fort Woth) - May 21, 1988

During the aborted take-off run the nose wheel collapsed

The aircraft was operating the Dallas (Fort Worth) - Frankfurt service

No fatalities were sustained by the 240 passengers and 14 crew onboard at the time

The aircraft had flown 61,322 hours with 12,864 cycles

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - October 20, 1988

 

ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1978.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1978.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1979.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1979.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1980.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, April 1980.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

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ZK-NZL. Air New Zealand - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 1981.

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N136AA. American - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, December 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1140-131.)