NTSB Identification: CHI88IA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37656.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of NORTHWEST AIRLINES
Incident occurred Sunday, March 27, 1988 in DETROIT, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1990
Aircraft: BOEING 727-251, registration: N277US
Injuries: 24 Minor,131 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.

AN APU AFTER-FIRE OCCURRED DRG APU START DURING TAXI TO THE TERMINAL AFTER LANDING. PASSENGERS WHO SAW FLAMES PANICKED AND INITIATED AN EVACUATION. FLT ATTENDANTS THEN ASSISTED IN THE EVACUATION. THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE AIRPLANE. THE APU BURNER CAN LINER IGNITER PLUGS AND FUEL ATOMIZER WERE REPLACED. APU CHECKED OUT OKAY AFTERWARD AND WAS RETURNED TO SERVICE.

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

AUXILIARY POWER UNIT..FIRE


Contributing Factors

EVACUATION..IMPROPER..PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

PANIC..PASSENGER

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