Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 22 September 1981
Time:11:40
Type:Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N309EA
C/n / msn: 1010
First flight:
Engines: 3 Rolls Royce RB211-22B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 190
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 201
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:near Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
Climbing through 800 feet after takeoff from Newark, the crew noticed a yellow caution light on the vibration monitor for the no. 2 engine. After levelling off at 1000 feet the vibration warning ceased, but there was a brief low oil pressure caution warning which lit up again while climbing through 6000 feet. At. FL145 the no. 2 engine suffered an uncontained failure. Three (A,B and C) of the four hydraulic systems failed. The aircraft immediately diverted to New York-JFK Airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - compressor assembly: bearing,rotor shaft
miscellaneous acts,conditions - lack of lubrication-specific part,not system
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overheated
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
miscellaneous - foreign object damage
FACTORS:
personnel - production-design-personnel: poor/inadequate design
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Sources:
» Flight International 10.10.1981
» NTSB


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport as the crow flies is 2577 km (1610 miles).

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