DC10, Newburgh NY USA, 1996

Summary: 

On 5 September 1996, a DC10 operated by Fedex, was destroyed by fire shortly after landing at Newburgh, USA, following a fire in the cargo compartment.

Event Details
When: 
05/09/1996
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Day
Flight Conditions: 
On Ground - Normal Visibility

18654

Flight Details
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Cargo)
Flight Origin: 
Intended Destination: 
Actual Destination: 
Take-off Commenced: 
Yes
Flight Airborne: 
Yes
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Landing
Location
Location - Airport
Airport: 
General
Tag(s): 
Inadequate Aircraft Operator Procedures
FIRE
Tag(s): 
Dangerous Goods
EPR
Tag(s): 
RFFS Procedures
CS
Tag(s): 
Flight Crew Evacuation Command
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Aircraft damage: 
Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage: 
Yes
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Occupant Injuries: 
Many occupants
Occupant Fatalities: 
None
Off Airport Landing: 
Yes
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation, Aircraft Airworthiness, Airport Management
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On 5th September 1996, a MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10 operated by Fedex, was destroyed by fire shortly after landing at Newburgh, USA, following a fire in the cargo compartment.

Summary

The following is an extract from the Executive Summary of the National Transportation Safety Board (USA) (NTSB) report into this accident:

"…on September 5, 1996, a Douglas DC-10-10CF, N68055, operated by the Federal Express Corporation as flight 1406, made an emergency landing at Stewart International Airport, Newburgh, New York, after the flightcrew determined that there was smoke in the cabin cargo compartment….Three crewmembers and two nonrevenue passengers were aboard the airplane. The captain and flight engineer sustained minor injuries while evacuating the airplane. The airplane was destroyed by fire after the landing. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was an in-flight cargo fire of undetermined origin. Safety issues discussed…include flightcrew performance of emergency procedures, undeclared hazardous materials in transportation, dissemination of hazardous materials information, airport emergency response, and adequacy of aircraft interior firefighting methods…"

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