NTSB Identification: ERA13IA006
14 CFR Public Use
Incident occurred Friday, November 09, 2007 in
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2013
Aircraft: LOCKHEED WP-3D, registration: N42RF
Injuries: 6 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.

While maneuvering at 3,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, three of the airplane's four engines experienced compressor stalls and associated tailpipe fires. The flight crew was able to extinguish the three tailpipe fires and eventually restart the three engines. The airplane subsequently proceeded to its departure airport and landed uneventfully. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed extreme salt buildup in all four engines. After the salt was rinsed away with water, the engine efficiencies improved greatly and no other anomalies were noted.

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

Extensive salt buildup in the inlets of all four engines, which resulted in compressor stalls and tailpipe fires in three of the four engines.

Full narrative available

Index for Nov2007 | Index of months