NTSB Identification: CHI86IA225.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33316.
Scheduled 14 CFR EASTERN AIRLINES, INC.
Incident occurred Wednesday, September 17, 1986 in EVANSVILLE, IN
Aircraft: BOEING 727-25, registration: N8107N
Injuries: 38 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.
AFTER THE AIRCREW OF EASTERN FLT 254 (A BOEING 727, N8107N) HAD LANDED ON RWY 22 AT NIGHT & WAS SLOWING, THE TOWER CONTROLLER (CTLR) INSTRUCTED THEM TO 'TURN RIGHT ON TAXIWAY BRAVO, IF ABLE, HOLD SHORT OF RWY 18 AND REMAIN THIS FREQUENCY.' THE CREW OF FLT 254 WAS THEN UNDERSTOOD TO ASK, 'ALRIGHT, IS THAT THE FIRST LIGHTED ONE HERE?' THE CTLR REPLIED, 'AFFIRMATIVE,' THEN SHE CLEARED PDQ FLT 271 (A PIPER PA 31, IN POSITION & HOLDING ON RWY 18) TO TAKEOFF. PDQ FLT 271 WAS ROLLING ON RWY 18 WHEN THE CTLR NOTED THAT EASTERN FLT 254 WAS SLOWLY CROSSING THE SAME RWY. THE CTLR STARTED TO TRANSMIT TO THE EASTERN FLT, THE SHE CANCELED THE TAKEOFF CLNC FOR PDQ FLT 271. PDQ FLT 271 PASSED BEHIND EASTERN FLT 254 AS THE IT WAS CLEARING THE RWY. THE CREW OF FLT 254 STATED THAT THEY NEITHER RECEIVED NOR ACKNOWLEDGED THE INSTRUCTION TO HOLD SHORT OF RWY 18. WHEN QUERIED BY THE TOWER AFTER THE INCIDENT, AN EASTERN CREWMEMBER REPLIED, I'M SORRY, WE DIDN'T HEAR YOU.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:ATC CLEARANCE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND
COMMUNICATIONS/INFORMATION/ATC..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND
COMMUNICATIONS/INFORMATION/ATC..NOT UNDERSTOOD..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT
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