NTSB Docket On 767 Fire Open To Public

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The NTSB has concluded the evidence-gathering phase of its investigation into the incident involving an American Airlines Boeing 767-300, whose right engine caught on fire during its takeoff roll from Chicago O'Hare on Oct. 28 of last year. The crew of the twin-engine wide-body, headed to Miami, aborted the takeoff and came to a stop on the runway. One person was seriously injured in the evacuation and 19 received minor injuries, but all 161 passengers and 9 crew members survived. The right wing of the plane was destroyed by fire. Failures of turbine engines resulting in fire are not wholly uncommon. This incident was remarkable because the fire did not stay contained within the engine nacelle and could have resulted in the loss of all aboard had the crew been unable to effect a speedy evacuation.

Materials collected by the NTSB in furtherance of the investigation are available for viewing by the public on the NTSB’s website, including the cockpit voice recorder transcript, crew interviews and evacuation video. Although NTSB final accident reports, sometimes colloquially referred to as probable-cause reports, are not admissible in air accident litigation, the factual material collected by the NTSB can be used in court and by private citizens making an independent conclusion of an accident’s cause.

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