NTSB Identification: ENG13IA005
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of DELTA AIR LINES INC
Incident occurred Tuesday, November 06, 2012 in Atlanta, GA
Aircraft: BOEING MD-88, registration: N908DE
Injuries: 147 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft incident report.

History of Flight

On November 6, 2012, about 1900 eastern standard time, a Boeing (previously McDonnell Douglas) MD-88, N908DE, operated by Delta Air Lines as flight 241 experienced an uncontained 4th stage turbine blade separation and loss of power from the left engine as the airplane was climbing through FL 240 after takeoff from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia. The pilots reported hearing a loud bang and noted that the left engine's engine pressure ratio (EPR) indication had dropped. The pilots retarded the left engine's power lever to idle and noted that the engine continued to run. The pilots also noted that the left engine's generator had dropped off line. The pilots declared an emergency and informed air traffic control that they needed to return to ATL. When the left engine's oil quantity had decreased to near zero and the oil pressure was down to less than 10 pounds per square inch, the pilots shut down the engine. The airplane returned to ATL for a single-engine landing without further incident. After landing, the airplane stopped on an adjacent taxiway and airport fire department personnel examined the left engine to ensure that it was safe. The airport fire department personnel reported that there was a hole in the engine cowling and that there was hydraulic fluid leaking from the engine. The flight crew pulled the left engine's fire handle, and the airplane then taxied back to the gate under its own power where the passengers and crew deplaned normally. The airplane was operating as a scheduled domestic passenger flight on an instrument flight rules flight plan under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 from ATL to Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida.

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