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Featured RCA Example:  American Airlines Flight 191 Airplane Crash

AA Flight 191 Example RCA

On May 25, 1979, American Airlines flight 191 crashed, killing 273 people. As the plane was accelerating during take-off, as it reached full thrust the left engine ripped free of its mount under the wing. This pushed the engine forward of the wing where the wind velocity then caught the engine and flipped it back up and over the left wing. Learn more about the causes of this event and the solutions that were put in place to prevent future problems.

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Safety RCA Examples

  PDF icon AA Flight 191 - Read the Details  |  Open in Causelink 
  
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  PDF icon Bridge Collapse

Quality RCA Examples

  PDF icon Hubble Space Telescope - Watch the video
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Reliability RCA Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage
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IT RCA Examples

  PDF icon WannaCry Ransomware Attack | Open in Causelink
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  PDF icon Google Compute Engine Incident 16015 | Open in Causelink
  PDF icon Online Learning Course Completion Status Not Saved
  PDF icon Loss of Productivity - Virus Software
  PDF icon IT - Customer Complaints
  PDF icon Project Management: Delivered Late, Over Budget, Profit Lost
  PDF icon Shipments Missed - Supply Chain Problems

Production RCA Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned Shutdown of Plastics Production Line
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Environmental RCA Examples

  PDF icon Flint Water Crisis
  PDF icon Multiple Leaks in Newly Installed Pipeline
  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage 
  PDF icon Mass Fish & Turtle Die-Off in Peconic River

Healthcare RCA Examples

  PDF icon Patient Re-admitted, 2nd Surgery Required, Stay Extended 
  PDF icon Clinical Healthcare
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Operations RCA Examples

  PDF icon United Airlines--Reputational Damage

 

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* These root cause analysis (RCA) templates and examples are based on real situations and some have been altered slightly to protect confidentiality and anonymity.