NTSB Identification: FTW99LA054.
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Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. DELTA AIRLINES )
Accident occurred Saturday, December 26, 1998 in DFW AIRPORT, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/11/2000
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration: N907DE
Injuries: 1 Serious,49 Uninjured.

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The flight crew neglected to turn the ignition switch on during a delayed right engine start prior to taking the active runway for departure. During the second attempt to start the engine, an overtemp occurred and a tailpipe fire ensued. Tower personnel observed flames coming out of the exhaust stack and alerted the flight crew. The flight crew reported that they had experienced a 'hot start,' but according to their indications in the cockpit, the fire was out. The flight crew of an airplane in sequence behind the jet reported that the fire lingered in the exhaust. Personnel in the control tower confirmed that the engine was still on fire. The captain commanded an evacuation from the two doors on the left side of the airplane. All passengers were off the aircraft within 20 seconds of slide deployment. A passenger slid down the aft door slide past the awaiting crew members, twisting her right ankle. Subsequent medical reports and X-rays revealed she sustained a hairline fracture of a bone in her right ankle. The ignition and fuel systems for the right engine were inspected, no defects were found, and the airplane was returned to service.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

A passenger sustained a hairline fracture during an emergency evacuation of the airplane.

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