Facts about the MD-88 aircraft made by McDonnell Douglas include that it seats 149 passengers, has a cruising speed of 498 miles per hour and has a range of 1,907 miles. The MD-88 utilizes two turbofan fuselage-mounted engines and has a wingspan of 107 feet 10 inches.
The production of the MD-88 aircraft was announced on Jan. 23, 1986. The last produced variant of the MD-80, the MD-88 was requested by Delta Airlines, who purchased 80 of the aircraft.
Employing the electronic flight instrument system cockpit rather than a more traditional flight deck, the MD-88 also has a wind-shear warning system and an updated cabin interior and trim. The MD-88 first flew for Delta in January 1988 after deliveries were made in December 1987. The first flight of the MD-88, however, took place back on Aug. 15 1987. The last delivery of an MD-88 was made to Onur Air on June 25, 1997.
On March 5, 2015, a Delta-operated MD-88 skidded off the runway upon landing at New York's La Guardia Airport in snowy weather. The plane was extremely damaged; however, only a few minor injuries were reported, which all occurred during evacuation onto the aircraft's emergency chutes. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the accident centered on the plane's rudder and braking systems.