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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-18-011
Synopsis: On October 28, 2016, about 1432 central daylight time, American Airlines flight 383, a Boeing 767-323, N345AN, had started its takeoff ground roll at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, when an uncontained engine failure and subsequent fire occurred. The flight crew aborted the takeoff and stopped the airplane on the runway, and the flight attendants initiated an emergency evacuation. Of the 2 flight crewmembers, 7 flight attendants, and 161 passengers on board, 1 passenger received a serious injury, and 1 flight attendant and 19 passengers received minor injuries during the evacuation. The airplane was substantially damaged from the fire. The airplane was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Recommendation: TO AMERICAN AIRLINES: For all airplanes that you operate, review existing engine fire checklists and make changes as necessary to ensure that the procedures would expeditiously address engine fires occurring on the ground without unnecessarily delaying an evacuation.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Aviation
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA17FA021
Accident Reports: ​Uncontained Engine Failure and Subsequent Fire American Airlines Flight 383 Boeing 767-323, N345AN
Report #: AAR-18-01
Accident Date: 10/28/2016
Issue Date: 2/6/2018
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Airlines, Inc. (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Airlines, Inc.
Date: 7/6/2018
Response: You indicated that you have reviewed the engine fire and evacuation checklists of your Boeing fleet and submitted your suggested changes to Boeing. We note that you intend to adopt any changes that Boeing recommends regarding checklists for engine fires occurring on the ground. Pending completion of the recommended action, Safety Recommendation A-18-11 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: American Airlines, Inc.
Date: 4/27/2018
Response: -From Captain Ronald Thomas, Managing Director, Flight Operations: American Airlines appreciates the opportunity to submit this response, as well as the professional and collaborative environment amongst all parties throughout this investigation. These cooperative efforts demonstrate our common commitment to aviation safety. Our Flight and Operations Safety departments along with APA Safety completed an internal assessment of our Engine Fire and Evacuation Checklists in consultation with our fleet captains and training department leaders. We have provided our input to Boeing Air Safety and we are waiting to receive their updated guidance to carriers regarding any updates to fleet checklists for engine fires occurring on the ground. Upon receipt, we will review, however our expectation is that we will adopt any Boeing-recommended changes. We remain in close coordination with Boeing and hope to have an update in the next several months. We do not plan to make any changes to these checklists for our A330, A320 family, and E190 fleets. These fleets all have a separate Engine Fire on the Ground Checklist. American Airlines values continuous assessment and incremental improvement throughout our operation. We thank the NTSB for its work and recommendations, as well as the opportunity to contribute to this investigation.

From: NTSB
To: American Airlines, Inc.
Date: 2/6/2018
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation—railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. We determine the probable cause of the accidents and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, we carry out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinate the resources of the government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members affected by major transportation disasters. On January 30, 2018, the NTSB adopted its report Uncontained Engine Failure and Subsequent Fire, American Airlines Flight 383, Boeing 767-323, N345AN, Chicago, Illinois, October 28, 2016, AAR1801. The details of this accident investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at Among the Safety Recommendations one is issued to American Airlines, Capt. Chris Moran which can be found on page 78 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement these recommendations. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendations by number.