Event Details

Title:Panicky passenger-initiated evacuation, Boeing 767-322, January 1, 1994
Micro summary:Impromptu evacuation was initiated by panicky passengers on this Boeing 767-322.
Event Time:1994-01-01 at 659 EST
File Name:1994-01-01-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:MIA94IA043
Site of event:Miami, FL
Departure:Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida, USA
Destination:O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 767-322
Flight Phase:Taxi
Operator(s):United Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

Emergency procedure initiated by an unqualified person.

NTSB synopsis:

The airplane had been pushed from the gate and the #1 engine had been started. During engine start of the #2 engine, a high fuel flow was observed by the flight crew and a passenger in the right side of the airplane observed a flame aft of the exhaust. The passenger shouted 'fire', opened the #2l door and deployed the emergency escape slide. The passengers began an uncommanded evacuation of the airplane. The captain was advised by a flight attendant that the remaining passengers wanted to evacuate the airplane and the captain directed that the #1l and #1r doors be opened and the emergency escape slides utilized. The captain secured the engines, entered the cabin and then stopped the evacuation of the remaining 24 people.

NTSB factual narrative text:

On January 1, 1994, about 0659 eastern standard time, N648UA, a Boeing 767-322, operated by United Airlines Inc. as flight 984, scheduled, domestic, passenger service from Miami, Florida, to Chicago, Illinois, experienced a passenger initiated emergency evacuation on the ramp at the Miami International Airport. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was not damaged and the airline transport-rated captain and first officer, 5 flight attendants, and 162 passengers were not injured. The flight was originating at the time of the incident.

The airplane had been pushed away from the gate and the No/1 engine had been started. During the No/2 engine start, the fuel flow was reportedly high and a flame aft of the engine exhaust was observed by a passenger seated on the right side of the cabin. The passenger then shouted "fire", opened the No/2L door and deployed the slide. Passengers then began an uncommanded evacuation the airplane. The No/1 flight attendant advised the captain that passengers were evacuating and the remainder of the passengers wanted to evacuate the airplane. The captain directed that the No/1L and No/1R doors be opened and the emergency escape slides deployed for continued evacuation of the airplane. The captain secured the engines then entered the cabin and stopped the emergency evacuation of the remaining 24 people.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Systems - Engine Fire
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