Aircraft Accident Report

Ground Spoiler Activation in Flight/Hard Landing
ValuJet Airlines Flight 558
Douglas DC-9-32, N922VV
Nashville, Tennessee
January 7, 1996

NTSB Number AAR-96/07
NTIS Number PB96-910407

Abstract: This report explains the ground spoiler activation in flight and subsequent hard landing of ValuJet Airlines flight 558, N922VV, a Douglas DC-9-32 at Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee. The safety issues discussed in the report include the adequacy of ValuJetís operations and maintenance manuals, specifically winter operations nosegear shock strut servicing procedures; the adequacy of ValuJetís pilot training/crew resource management training programs; flightcrew actions/decisionmaking; the role of communications (flightcrew/flight attendants/ operations/dispatch/air traffic control); ValuJetís flightcrew pay schedule; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight of ValuJet; and the adequacy of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) duration and procedures. Safety recommendations concerning these issues were made to the FAA and ValuJet Airlines.