NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE FEDEX ACCIDENT IN MEMPHIS

December 18, 2003

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team of investigators to begin an inquiry into the accident today involving a FedEx widebody cargo jetliner in Memphis, Tennessee.

Preliminary information is that at approximately 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, the right main landing gear of the FedEx MD-10-10 (N364FE) collapsed on landing on runway 36R at the Memphis airport. The aircraft, which was arriving after a flight from Oakland, California, came to rest and suffered extensive fire damage. All seven crewmembers aboard the aircraft escaped without serious injury. There were no reported hazardous materials on the plane.

The four-member team will be led by Joseph Sedor, the NTSB Investigator-in-Charge. The team is expected to arrive in Memphis this evening.

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

 

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