Event Details

Title:Emergency evacuation, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, January 10, 1993
Micro summary:Following a tower report of landing gear smoke, the captain ordered the evacuation of this MD-82.
Event Time:1993-01-10 at 1022 CST
File Name:1993-01-10-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:FTW93IA064
Site of event:DFW Airport, TX
Departure:Lambert Saint Louis International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Destination:Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Flight Phase:Taxi
Operator(s):American Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:

NTSB short summary:

The inaccurate safety advisory provided by the tower operator. A factor was the emergency evacuation

NTSB synopsis:

During a landing, the FAA tower operator reported smoke being emitted from the left main landing gear. The captain requested aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) assistance and verify the possibility of fire. The captain ordered the evacuation of the airplane as a precautionary measure. Following the evacuation the airplane was examined, no evidence of heat or fire was found. High speed taxi and braking operations were performed, no smoke or heat was generated

NTSB factual narrative text:

On January 10, 1993, at 1022 central standard time (CST) a McDonnell Douglas DC9 82, N7532A, landed at DFW International Airport, Texas, following a flight from Lambert Field, St Louis, Missouri. During the landing roll the tower reported to the captain that smoke was emitting from the main landing gear. As the smoke continued to develop the captain ordered the airplane be evacuated by means of the emergency egress systems. No crew members were injured during the evacuation, however, of the 83 passengers and 6 crewmembers five passengers sustained minor injuries as they exited via the slide systems. There was no damage to the airplane and weather was visual meteorological conditions. The American Airlines airplane was operating under 14 CFR Part 121 as flight number 1279.

An examination of the airplane by the operator (observed by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector) after its recovery revealed no damage, no evidence of heat discoloration, fire, and no hydraulic leaks or other fluids in the landing gear. The operator performed several high speed taxi tests and breaking tests, this did not produce any smoke. A review of the flight records indicated that the airplane was deiced prior to leaving St. Louis, Missouri.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Air Traffic Control
Operations - Evacuation


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