On June 1st, 1999 An McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (N215AA) with crew Captain Richard Buschmann, aged 48 and First Officer Michael Origel, aged 35. The flight plan was a short hop from American’s base in Dallas to Little Rock Airport in Arkansas with 145 passengers and crew aboard.
MD-82s are the second version of the updated popular DC-9 series produced originally by McDonnell Douglas later by Boeing for a short time. This plane had alittle over 49,000 flight hours since delivery in 1983. Captain Buschmann himself had over 10,000 hours to his credit. He was the MD-80 Chief Pilot for American Airlines at the time.
For whatever reason, despite the experience of both pilots they forget to arm the spoilers which are essential in allowing an aircraft to land properly and safely.