Event Details


Title:Threatening note, Boeing 757-223, October 29, 2001
Micro summary:This Boeing 757-223 was diverted and evacuated following the discovery of a threatening note, injuring a passenger.
Event Time:2001-10-29 at 1950 EST
File Name:2001-10-29-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:IAD02LA007
Pages:5
Site of event:Dulles, VA
Departure:LaGuardia International Airport, New York, New York, USA
Destination:Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 757-223
Flight Phase:Cruise
Registration(s):N640A
Operator(s):American Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:149
Fatalities:
Serious Injuries:1
Minor/Non-Injured:148
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

A passenger sustained a broken ankle during an emergency evacuation.

NTSB synopsis:

About 40 minutes after takeoff, a passenger found a threatening note when she extended her seat back tray. The note was given to a flight attendant, who informed the flightcrew of its contents. The flightcrew declared an emergency, diverted to another airport, and landed uneventfully. An emergency evacuation was conducted, during which one passenger broke her ankle, while exiting the bottom of the emergency slide. She was transported to the hospital, treated for her injuries, and returned to the airport to continue on the flight.

NTSB factual narrative text:

On October 29, 2001, about 1950 eastern standard time, a Boeing 757-223, N640A, operating as American Airlines flight 785, performed an unscheduled landing and emergency evacuation at Washington/Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia, after a threatening note was found by a passenger. The 2 certificated airline transport pilots, 6 flight attendants, and 140 passengers were not injured. One passenger was seriously injured. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at LaGuardia International Airport, New York, New York, at 1819, destined for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the passenger flight conducted under 14 CFR part 121.

According to statements provided by flight attendants, the threatening note was found by a passenger in seat 11F when she extended her seat back tray, around 1900. The note was immediately given to a flight attendant, who informed the flight crew of its contents.

The flightcrew reported that after they reviewed the note, they declared an emergency and diverted to Washington/Dulles International Airport. The airplane landed uneventfully at 1945, and was taxied onto a taxiway where the captain instructed the flight attendants to conduct an emergency evacuation using the slides.

All eight slides deployed normally; however, during the evacuation, one passenger broke her ankle while exiting the bottom of the slide. She was transported to the hospital, treated for her injuries, and returned to the airport to continue on the flight.


Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Operations - Terrorism/Violence
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