NTSB Identification: ATL84FA173.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26558.
Scheduled 14 CFR REPUBLIC AIRLINES, INC.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 17, 1984 in COVINGTON, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/1988
Aircraft: BOEING 727, registration: N723RW
Injuries: 1 Serious,12 Minor,125 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.

AFTER LEVELING AT FL330, THE #2 ENG FIRE WARNING LIGHT & BELL ACTIVATED. THE CREW FOLLOWED THE PUBLISHED PROCEDURES, SHUT DOWN THE ENG & USED A FIRE BOTTLE. THEY THEN DIVERTED TO CINCINNATI & MADE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. AFTER LANDING, FIRE DEPT PERSONNEL MONITORED THE ACFT & RADIOED INFO TO GROUND CONTROL. IN TURN, GROUND CONTROL RELAYED INFO TO THE CREW WHILE TAXIING. FIRE TRUCK PERSONNEL REPORTED SEEING A 'SMALL AMOUNT' OF SMOKE FROM THE #1 ENG. GROUND CONTROL RELAYED THE INFO WITHOUT THE WORDS 'SMALL AMOUNT.' SUBEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WAS STOPPED & WAS EVACUATED USING THE ESCAPE SLIDES. 1 PASSENGER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN A SLIDE BURST. THERE WAS EVIDENCE IT WAS PUNCTURED BY A SHOE NAIL AFTER THE SHOE'S HEEL CAME OFF. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THERE WAS A FALSE FIRE WARNING INDICATION DUE TO A SHORTED FIRE DETECTOR. THE FLT ATTENDANTS (F/A) WERE NOT PROPERLY BRIEFED. 1 F/A UNHOOKED A GIRT BAR BEFORE OPENING EXIT 4R, RENDERING IT UNUSABLE. SOME PASSENGERS TRIED TO EXIT WITH CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. THE REAR STAIR EXIT WAS NOT USED.

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

MISC EQPT/FURNISHINGS,SLIDES..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER USE OF


Contributing Factors

CREW/GROUP COORDINATION..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

FIRE WARNING SYSTEM,POWERPLANT..SHORTED


Contributing Factors

FIRE WARNING SYSTEM,POWERPLANT..FALSE INDICATION



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