Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-91-102
Details
Synopsis: ABOUT 0915 MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME, ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1990, A FIRE ERUPTED AT A FUEL STORAGE AND DISPENSING FACILITY ABOUT 1.8 MILES FROM THE MAIN TERMINAL OF STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT DENVER, COLORADO. THE FACILILTY, REFERRED TO AS A FUEL FARM, WAS OWNED BY UNITED AIRLINES AND CONTINENTAL AIRLINES. UNITED AIRLINES' PORTION OF THE FUEL FARM WAS OPERATED AND MAINTAINED BY AMR COMBS. FROM THE TIME FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS WERE INITIATED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRE ERUPTED UNTIL THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED, A TOTAL OF 634 FIREFIGHTERS, 47 FIRE UNITS, AND 4 CONTRACT PERSONNEL EXPENDED 56 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER AND 28,000 GALLONS OF WATER AND 28,000 GALLONS OF FOAM CONCENTRATE. THE FIRE BURNED FOR ABOUT 48 HOURS. OF THE 5,185,000 GALLONS OF FUEL STORED IN TANKS AT THE FARM BEFORE THE FIRE, ABOUT 3 MILLION GALLONS WERE EITHER CONSUMED BY THE FIRE OR LOST AS A RESULT OF LEAKAGE FROM THE TANKS. TOTAL DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED BY UNITED AIRLINES TO HAVE BEEN BETWEEN $15 AND $20 MILLION. NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES OCCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMR COMBS: PROVIDE INITIAL AND RECURRENT TRAINING ON DETAILED INSPECTIONS OF AIRPORT FUEL FARM PUMPING EQUIPMENT TO ALL FUEL FARM EMPLOYEES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Denver, CO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91FZ001
Accident Reports: Fuel Farm at Stapleton International Airport
Report #: AAR-91-07
Accident Date: 11/25/1990
Issue Date: 10/9/1991
Date Closed: 12/17/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Airlines, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Airlines, Inc.
Date: 12/17/1992
Response: BASED ON THE DEVELOPMENT BY AMR COMBS OF WRITTEN TRAINING PROCEDURES WITH APPROPRIATE VISUALS, RECURRENT EMPLOYEE TRAINING, TESTING OF EMPLOYEES, & ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT THE INTENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS A-91-101 & -102 HAS BEEN SATISFIED. CONSEQUENTLY, THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE CLASSIFIED AS "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: American Airlines, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 10/29/1992
Response: TRAINING MATERIALS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED, TRAINING IMPLEMENTED, AND TESTING OF EMPLOYEES' KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IS AN ONGOING PROCESS.

From: NTSB
To: American Airlines, Inc.
Date: 2/5/1992
Response:

From: American Airlines, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 12/24/1991
Response: WRITTEN PROCEDURES ARE BEING DEVEOPED BY UNITED AIRLIES AND AMR COMBS FOR INSPECTION OF THE FUEL FARM. THESE WILL FORM THE BASIS FOR INITIAL AND RECURRENT TRAINING WITH EMPLOYEE TESTING.