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Detroit/Metropolitan Wayne County

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Name Detroit/Metropolitan Wayne County
Region North America
Territory United States US.gif
Location Romulus, Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42° 12' 40.57" N, 83° 21' 11.57" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
03L/21R 2591 m8,500.656 ft
61 m200.131 ft
PEM yes/yes
03R/21L 3048 m10,000 ft
46 m150.919 ft
CON yes/yes
04L/22R 3048 m10,000 ft
46 m150.919 ft
CON yes/yes
04R/22L 3659 m12,004.593 ft
61 m200.131 ft
CON yes/yes
09L/27R 2654 m8,707.349 ft
61 m200.131 ft
PEM yes/yes
09R/27L 2591 m8,500.656 ft
46 m150.919 ft
CON yes/yes

Observation KDTW 140353Z 00000KT 6SM BR BKN200 01/M01 A2983 RMK AO2 SLP107 T00061011
Station Detroit, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Date/Time 14 December 2019 03:53:00
Wind direction
Wind speed 00 kts
Lowest cloud amount broken clouds
Temperature 0.6°C
Dew point
Humidity 88%
Weather condition mist

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport



Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, usually called Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport locally, or simply DTW, is a major international airport in Romulus, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.


Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) - characterized by four seasons: cold, windy, snowy winters, mild springs, hot, humid summers, and crisp and relatively short autumns. Precipitation reaches its lowest in January and February and peaks in summer and latter half of spring.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of KDTW

  • DC91 / B722, Detroit MI USA, 1990 (On 3 December 1990 a Douglas DC9-10 flight crew taxiing for departure at Detroit in thick fog got lost and ended up stopped to one side of an active runway where, shortly after reporting their position, their aircraft was hit by a departing Boeing 727-200 and destroyed by the impact and subsequent fire. The Investigation concluded that the DC9 crew had failed to communicate positional uncertainty quickly enough but that their difficulties had been compounded by deficiencies in both the standard of air traffic service and airport surface markings, signage and lighting undetected by safety regulator oversight.)
  • MD82, Detroit MI USA, 1987 (On 16 August 1987, an MD-82 being operated by Northwest Airlines on a scheduled passenger flight from Detroit MI to Phoenix AZ failed to get properly airborne in day VMC and, after damaging impact with obstacles within the airport perimeter after climbing to a maximum height of just under 40 ft, impacted the ground causing the destruction of the aircraft by impact forces and a subsequent fire. All but one of the 157 occupants were killed with the single survivor suffering serious injury. On the ground, 2 people were killed, 2 more seriously injured and 4 more suffered minor injury with several buildings vehicles and structures damaged or destroyed.)