NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


August 21, 2001

As part of its continuing investigation into the crash of an Emery Worldwide Airlines DC-8 aircraft (N8079U) near Rancho Cordova, California on February 16, 2000, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Thursday, August 23, 2001, at 11:00 am (EDT).

The DC-8 aircraft, carrying three crewmembers, crashed while attempting to return for landing shortly after departing Mather Airport in Sacramento, California on a scheduled cargo flight to Dayton, Ohio. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post-crash fire. There were no survivors.

The information to be released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group reports in the following areas - Operations/Human Performance, Airworthiness, Powerplants, Flight Data Recorder, Maintenance Records, Aircraft Performance, Maintenance Inspection, and Hazardous Materials.

Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

For news media representatives, a CD-ROM (designed to run on Windows 95) containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC, beginning at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, August 23, 2001 (EDT). Printed copies of the report narratives also will be available. Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB’s Public Inquiries unit by calling (202) 314-6551 or from General Microfilm, Inc. (301) 929-8888.

This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.