National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
April 2, 2009
NTSB TO MEET ON JETLINER ACCIDENT INVOLVING ENGINE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RETURN TO AIRPORT
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on its investigation into an accident in which the crew of an American Airlines jetliner, which experienced an engine fire shortly after take-off, declared an emergency and returned to the airport. No one was injured in the accident.
The purpose of the meeting will be to determine the probable cause of the accident and to consider proposed safety recommendations to reduce the likelihood of future such mishaps.
The meeting will be held in Washington on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. ET, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center at 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W.
On September 28, 2007, at 1:13 p.m. CDT, American Airlines flight 1400, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82), N454AA, experienced an in-flight left engine fire during departure climb from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). During the return to STL, the nose landing gear failed to extend, and a go-around was executed. The flight crew conducted an emergency landing, and the two flight crewmembers, three flight attendants, and 138 passengers deplaned on the runway. No occupant injuries were reported, but the airplane sustained substantial damage. A live and archived webcast of the proceedings will be available on the Board’s website at ntsb.gov/Events/Boardmeeting.htm. Technical support details are available under “Board Meetings.” To report any problems, please call 703-993-3100 and ask for Webcast Technical Support.
A summary of the Board’s final report, which will include its findings, probable cause and safety recommendations, will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire report will appear on the website several weeks later. Directions to the NTSB Board Room: Front door located on Lower 10th Street, directly below L’Enfant Plaza. From Metro, exit L’Enfant Plaza station at 9th and D Streets escalator, walk through shopping mall, at the CVS store (on the left), and take escalator (on the right) down one level. The Board room will be to your left.
Media Contact: Peter Knudson