Incident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Date:Wednesday 3 February 1988
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N569AA
C/n / msn: 49351/1385
First flight: 1987
Total airframe hrs:2001
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 131
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
Destination airport:Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN (BNA/KBNA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 132
American Airlines Flight 132 was, in addition to the passenger luggage in de midcargo compartment, loaded with a 104 pound fiber drum of textile treatment chemicals. Undeclared and improperly packaged hazardous materials inside the drum included 5 gallons of hydrogen peroxide solution and 25 punds of sodium orthosilicate-based mixture. While approaching Nashville at 16:03 the main cabin slowly started to fill with light smoke. Smoke was rising from the floor near seat 17E. After landing at 16:15 the aircraft was evacuated on a taxiway. A fire in the cargo compartment was extinguished.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A chemical reaction resulting from a hydrogen peroxide solution, in concentration prohibited for air transportation, which leaked and combined with the sodium orthosilicate-based mixture from an undeclared and improperly prepared container . "

» NTSB/HZM-88/02

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Distance from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX to Nashville Metropolitan Airport, TN as the crow flies is 1008 km (630 miles).

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