The wooden motorized McDonnell Douglas DC-10 entered 1971 as a small rival for the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. But from the start, the DC-10 was plagued by problems.
In 1972, American Airlines Flight 96, an all-new DC-10, had to make an emergency landing in Detroit after losing the cabin press because the aircraft's cargo door blew from mid-flight. A few passengers and crew were injured, but none were killed.
Two years later, Turkish Airlines Flight 981, another DC-10, was also under decompression, as its cargo door blew from the center of the flight. Unfortunately, this time, the explosive force in the air that rushed out of the plane caused the cabin floor to buckle, destroying the aircraft controls.
All 346 passengers and crew members aboard the aircraft were killed when they nosedived in the French landscape.
The problems that plagued the DC-1
The DC-10 was founded in 1979 after inappropriate maintenance procedures led an engine to fall outside the wing of American Airlines Flight 191 as they departed from Chicago. All 271 people aboard the plane were killed along with two others on the ground.
But the plane continued to become a workhorse for US, US, Continental and Northwest Airlines. It finally left scheduled passenger service in 2014 and remains popular with carriers such as FedEx.