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Mayday: Season 11 Episode 6

Turning Point (Northwest Airlines Flight 85)

On 9 October 2002, Northwest Airlines Flight 85 is cruising above the Bering Sea, when the lower rudder segment suddenly deflects to the left. The pilots divert the aircraft to a successful emergency landing at Anchorage, Alaska, by using engine thrust for control. The incident was attributed to a fatigue failure of the rudder hydraulic control module, resulting in part of the module’s metal casing breaking off.

Mayday: Season 11 Episode 6
Mayday: Season 11 Episode 6
Dec. 29, 2011

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