NTSB Identification: NYC87IA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34387.
Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. CONTINENTAL AIR )
Incident occurred Saturday, January 03, 1987 in NEWARK, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: BOEING 737-200, registration: N409PE
Injuries: 10 Minor,98 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.

DURING DESCENT PRIOR TO THE APPROACH TO NEWARK, NJ THE B737 CREW ATTEMPTED TO START THE APU. THE APU FAILED TO START. DURING LNDG ROLL ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO START THE APU RESULTED IN A FIRE WARNING LIGHT. THE FIRE BOTTLE WAS DISCHARGED BUT THE FIRE WARNING REMAINED ILLUMINATED. THE CAPT ORDERED AN EVACUATION WHILE PARKED ON A TAXIWAY. SOME PASSENGERS EXITED THRU THE OVERWING EXIT ON THEIR OWN. SOME OF THESE PASSENGERS WERE INJURED GETTING OFF ON THE WING. INSPECTION OF THE APU REVEALED NO FIRE DAMAGE. POST ACC TEST RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE UNIT HAD TURBINE BLADES BURNED AND ERODED, FUEL CONTROL CRACKING PRESSURE SET HIGHER THAN SPECIFIED, AND THE ELECTRICAL HARNESS WIRES TO THE FUEL SOLENOID CONNECTOR WERE REVERSED.

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

FIRE WARNING SYSTEM..FALSE INDICATION

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

AUXILIARY POWER UNIT..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

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



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