NTSB Identification: LAX87FA126
Scheduled 14 CFR BRITISH AIRWAYS, INC.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 26, 1987 in LOS ANGELES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1989
Aircraft: BOEING 747-236B, registration: GBDXK
Injuries: 1 Serious,11 Minor,375 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.

A BOEING 747-236B CREW EVACUATED ALL OCCUPANTS VIA ESCAPE SLIDES AFTER RETURNING TO LOS ANGELES AFTER RECEIVING A SPECIFIC BOMB THREAT. ONE PASSENGER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURY DURING THE EVACUATION. ACCORDING TO A WITNESS, THE 370 PASSENGERS EVACUATED THE ACFT IN APRX 52 SEC THROUGH 8 EXITS AND USING THE ESCAPE SLIDES. THE TWO UPPER DECK EXITS WERE NOT USED AND THE TWO OVER THE WING EXITS HAD BEEN BLOCKED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE PASSENGER SEATS. THE SERIOUSLY INJURED PASSENGER SUSTAINED A BROKEN ANKLE FROM A COLLISION WITH ANOTHER PASSENGER ON THE SLIDE. ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE CABIN CREWMEMBERS, THE INJURED PASSENGER WAS HIT FROM THE REAR AS SHE WAS GETTING OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE AND SHE FELL ONTO THE AIRPORT'S ASPHALT RAMP SURFACE. SHE WAS TREATED AT THE LAX MEDICAL CENTER AND RELEASED. SHE ELECTED TO CONTINUE HER TRAVEL ON THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLIGHT.

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

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..IMPROPER..OTHER PERSON

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..PERFORMED



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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