NTSB Identification: FTW88IA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41738.
Scheduled 14 CFR CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Incident occurred Tuesday, July 26, 1988 in KENTON, DE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1992
Aircraft: BOEING 737-300, registration: N14336
Injuries: 50 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.

A FLAMEOUT OF THE #1 ENGINE OCCURRED DUE TO WATER INGESTION WHEN THE AIRCRAFT PENETRATED A VIP LEVEL 5 THUNDERSTORM AND ENCOUNTERED HEAVY RAIN WHILE DESCENDING WITH THE THROTTLES A FLIGHT IDLE. THE ENGINE SUFFERED OVERTEMPERATURE DAMAGE TO THE TURBINE SECTION DURING THE SUBSEQUENT WINDMILLING START. THE CAPTAIN ELECTED TO DESCEND IN PRECIPITATION WITH THE ENGINES AT IDLE, DESPITE THE COPILOT'S WARNING THAT IDLE DESCENT WAS CONTRARY TO RECENTLY PUBLISHED PROCEDURES WHICH REQUIRED MAINTAINING A MINIMUM OF 45% N1 RPM. THE PRECIPITATION INDUCED FLAMEOUT PHENOMENA HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED IN PREVIOUS INCIDENTS, AND CORRECTIVE PROCEDURES WERE ISSUED BY THE FAA, THE MANUFACTURERS, AND THE CARRIER, PRIOR TO THIS OCCURRENCE.

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

POWERPLANT..OTHER

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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