NTSB Identification: MKC90IA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44570.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Incident occurred Saturday, March 17, 1990 in WICHITA, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300, registration: N17317
Injuries: 1 Minor,135 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

BOEING 737-300 ABORTED TAKEOFF FROM WICHITA, KANSAS WHEN THE RIGHT ENGINE HAD POWER LOSS AND WAS ON FIRE. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF FOREIGN OBJECT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE. THE ENGINE TEARDOWN RESULTS REVEALED ENGINE FAILURE WAS DUE TO A DISENGAGED LEVER ARM OF VARIABLE STATOR VANE ON STAGE NEAR HIGH PRESSURE COMPRESSOR AREA RESULTING IN HIGH SYCLE FATIGUE OF A STAGE 1 BLADE IN HPC. AN EMERGENCY SLIDE UPPER GIRT BAR SUFFERED OVERLOAD TYPE FAILURE DURING EVACUATION.

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

IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF LEVEL ARM.

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