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United Airlines Flight 2885 was a scheduled cargo flight from Cleveland to Los Angeles, with stopover in Detroit. On January 11, 1983, a DC-8 operating Flight 2885 crashed after take-off from Detroit, killing all 3 crew. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined that the cause for the crash was pilot error.

United Airlines Flight 2885
United Airlines Douglas DC-8-11 N8017U 01.jpg
Douglas DC-8 in the 1980s United Airlines livery, similar to the cargo DC-8 that crashed.
Accident summary
Date January 11, 1983 (1983-01-11)
Summary Pilot error, aircraft upset
Site Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Romulus, Michigan, United States
42°12′42.08″N 83°22′12.11″W / 42.2116889°N 83.3700306°W / 42.2116889; -83.3700306Coordinates: 42°12′42.08″N 83°22′12.11″W / 42.2116889°N 83.3700306°W / 42.2116889; -83.3700306
Passengers 0
Crew 3
Fatalities 3 (all)
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Douglas DC-8-54F
Operator United Airlines
Registration N8053U
Flight origin Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Stopover Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Destination Los Angeles International Airport

United Airlines Flight 2885 was a scheduled cargo flight from Cleveland to Los Angeles, with stopover in Detroit. On January 11, 1983, a DC-8 operating Flight 2885 crashed after take-off from Detroit, killing all 3 crew. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation determined that the cause for the crash was pilot error.

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