NTSB Identification: DEN91IA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43589.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Incident occurred Wednesday, December 19, 1990 in DENVER, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: BOEING 727-22, registration: N40486
Injuries: 125 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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS CLIMBING THROUGH 800 FEET AGL, THE NUMBER ONE ENGINE FAILED. THE CAPTAIN SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE AND ELECTED TO CONTINUE FLIGHT TO DENVER WHERE HE LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. ENGINE DISASSEMBLY REVEALED BEARING FAILURE DUE TO A CRACK IN THE NUMBER SIX BEARING OUTER RACE. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF TURBINE FAILURE. UNCONTAINED PENETRATION OCURRED AT THE 2:30, 5:30, AND 6:30 POSITIONS.

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

FAILURE OF AN ENGINE BEARING.

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