Plane Also Had Nose Gear Troubles
The National Transportation Safety
Board tells ANN it will take a closer look at a September 28
incident, in which an engine on an American Airlines MD-82 caught
fire shortly after take-off from the Lambert-St. Louis
The plane returned to the airport and landed safely, after which
time it was met by airport rescue and fire-fighting vehicles. The
passengers and crew deplaned via air stairs.
None of the passengers or crewmembers was injured. The event is
being investigated as an incident.
The flight crew received a left engine fire warning during climb
and subsequently discharged the aircraft engine fire bottles into
the affected engine.
The troubles didn't end there. During the visual return and
approach, the MD-82's nose landing gear did not extend. The flight
crew then extended the nose landing gear using the emergency
landing gear extension procedure.
In addition to determining any mechanical factors involved in
this incident, the investigation will include an examination of the
evacuation procedures and the response of the airport fire-fighting
The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were sent to
the Safety Board's laboratory in Washington where the content of
each is being evaluated.
Parties to the NTSB's investigation are the Federal Aviation
Administration, American Airlines, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, and
the Allied Pilots Association.
Date: 09/28/2007 Time: 1832
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: SAINT LOUIS State: MO Country:
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1400, A MCDONNELL DOUGLAS MD80
DEPARTURE DECLARED AN EMERGENCY DUE TO ENGINE EMITTING
RETURNED AND LANDED, ENGINE NACALLE WAS SPRAYED WITH FOAM,
DEPLANED VIA STAIRS AND BUSSED TO TERMINAL, NO INJURIES
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 5 Fat:
# Pass: 137 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: METAR KSTL 281751Z VRB04KT 10SM FEW080 SCT250 28/07
Activity: Business Phase:
Take-off Operation: Air Carrier
FAA FSDO: ST. LOUIS, MO
Entry date: 10/01/2007