NTSB Identification: FTW89IA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38042.
Scheduled 14 CFR DELTA AIRLINES
Incident occurred Tuesday, February 21, 1989 in HOUSTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/1992
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-9-32, registration: N1289L
Injuries: 2 Minor,47 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, THE LEFT ENGINE FAILED AND THE AIRPLANE WAS LANDED BACK ON THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. AFTER TURNING OFF ON A TAXIWAY, THE TOWER TOLD THE CREW THAT THE LEFT ENGINE WAS ON FIRE. THE CREW USED THE FIRE BOTTLE AND ORDERED AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION. ENGINE TEARDOWN REVEALED THAT INITIALLY, A VANE HAD FAILED IN THE STAGE 2 TURBINE SECTION. FIRE WAS CAUSED BY BURNING ENGINE OIL.

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

THE TURBINE GUIDE VANE FAILURE.

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