NTSB Identification: NYC84IA271.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27439.
Scheduled 14 CFR PEOPLE EXPRESS AIRLINES
Incident occurred Thursday, July 26, 1984 in BUFFALO, NY
Aircraft: BOEING 727-232, registration: N518PE
Injuries: 105 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DURING THE DEPARTURE FROM NEWARK, NJ, THE AIRCREW NOTED A VIBRATION WHICH CEASED AFTER THE GEAR WAS RETRACTED. THE CREW SUSPECTED THAT A TIRE WAS OUT-OF-ROUND OR A GEAR DOOR WAS VIBRATING & CONTINUED THE FLT. DURING THE APCH TO BUFFALO, NY, THE VIBRATION OCCURRED AGAIN WHEN THE LANDING GEAR WAS EXTENDED, BUT CEASED ON FINAL APCH. THE APCH & LANDING WERE CONTINUED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. AFTER LANDING, AN EXAM OF THE ACFT, GEAR & GEAR DOORS REVEALED NO REASON FOR THE VIBRATION. HOWEVER, DURING THE FLT, A PIECE OF THE LEFT TRAILING EDGE FLAP HAD SEPARATED. IT HAD SEPARATED ON FINAL APCH & HAD HIT A PARKED CAR CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF IMPROPER SURFACE PREPARATION & BONDING DURING A PREVIOUS REPAIR OF THE FLAP.

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,FLAP..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,FLAP..FAILURE,TOTAL


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