NTSB Identification: MIA87LA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36699.
Scheduled 14 CFR PIEDMONT AVIATION INC.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 30, 1986 in WEST PALM BCH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/1988
Aircraft: FOKKER F28 MK4000, registration: N510
Injuries: 1 Serious,78 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING PASSENGER BOARDING AT TALLAHASSEE IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE LEFT HANDRAIL ON THE AIRSTAIR WAS COLLAPSED. THE FAILURE WAS AT THE SOLDERED JOINT AT THE HANDRAIL LOCKING MECHANISM. THE STATION MANAGER USED METAL GLUE FOR A TEMPORARY REPAIR OF THE JOINT. THE FLT CREW WAS MADE AWARE OF THE DISCREPANCY. THE ACFT THEN DEPARTED FOR WEST PALM BEACH VIA ORLANDO. THE AIRSTAIR WAS NOT USED AT ORLANDO. A DISABLED PASSENGER WAS INJURED WHEN THE HANDRAIL COLLAPSED WHEN BOARDING THE ACFT UNASSISTED AT WEST PALM BEACH. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT HE DID NOT NEED ASSISTANCE IN BOARDING JUST A LITTLE EXTRA TIME. WHEN THE HANDRAIL COLLAPSED THE PASSENGER LOST HIS BALANCE AND FELL TO THE GROUND RECEIVING SERIOUS INJURIES.

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

DOOR,ENTRANCE STAIR..PREVIOUS DAMAGE

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

DOOR,ENTRANCE STAIR..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT


Contributing Factors

COMMUNICATIONS..INADEQUATE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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