NTSB Identification: ATL90IA136.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42901.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of EASTERN AIR LINES, INC.
Incident occurred Thursday, June 21, 1990 in ATLANTA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-9-51, registration: N415EA
Injuries: 111 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.

DURING THE TAKE OFF ROLL A BLOW OUT OCCURRED TO THE NO. 4 TIRE. THE AIRPLANE WAS RETURNED TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT & LANDED UNEVENTFULLY. EXAMINATION OF THE TIRE REVEALED DAMAGE TO THE INNER LINER CONSISTENT WITH UNDER INFLATION. THE MAINT PROGRAM FOR THE OPERATOR REQUIRES TIRE PRESSURES TO BE CHECKED WITH A GAUGE DURING LAY OVER SERVICE INSPECTIONS. MAINTENANCE RECORDS INDICATED THE INSPECTION WAS DONE THE PREVIOUS DAY. RECAP RECORDS FOR THE TIRE ALSO REVEALED THAT IT WAS RECAPPED & DELIVERED TO THE OPERATOR WITH A PIN HOLE IN THE LINER WHICH ALLOWED A SLOW LEAK. THE PIN HOLE WAS NOT REPAIRED PRIOR TO DELIVERY TO THE OPERATOR.

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

INADEQUATE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE WHICH RESULTED IN OPERATION OF THE TIRE WHILE UNDER INFLATED AND ITS SUBSEQUENT FAILURE. A FACTOR IN THE INCIDENT WAS THE INADEQUATE QUALITY CONTROL BY THE TIRE RECAPPING FACILITY WHICH FAILED TO REPAIR A PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED TIRE DEFECT.

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