NTSB Identification: MIA88FA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36068.
Scheduled 14 CFR operation of CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Accident occurred Sunday, April 03, 1988 in SARASOTA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: BOEING 727-224, registration: N88703
Injuries: 1 Serious,144 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE CAPTAIN OF THE BOEING 727 AIRCRAFT WAS AWARE THAT A REFUELER WAS UTILIZING KNOWN QUANTITY REFUELING PROCEDURES DUE TO AN INOPERATIVE FUEL GUAGE. HE ALLOWED THE FLIGHT ENGINEER TO ACTIVATE THE B HYDRAULIC SYSTEM AND THE GROUND INTERCONNECT SWITCH, WITHOUT POSITIVELY ASSURING THAT GND PERSONNEL WERE CLEAR OF THE LEADING EDGE SLATS.AT THE SAME TIME THE REFUELER WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH THE FUELING SYSTEM. THE REFUELER CLIMBED ON A LADDER TO OPEN A FUEL PANEL WITHOUT TELLING ANYBODY. WHEN THE B HYDRAULIC SYSTEM WAS ACTIVATED, THE SLATS RETRACTED CRUSHING THE NECK OF THE REFUELER BETWEEN THE WING AND THE TRAILING EDGE OF A SLAT.

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMMUNICATIONS..IMPROPER..GROUND PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM..SELECTED..FLIGHT ENGINEER


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT CONTROL,SLAT..ENGAGED


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..GROUND PERSONNEL

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